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Bridge over the River Sella (”Roman Bridge”)
Cangas de Onís (Eastern Asturias)
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Avda. Covadonga, 1. Cangas de Onís
A replica of the Victory Cross hangs from the bridge.

The "Big Bridge" or "Roman Bridge" is the monument that most symbolizes Cangas de Onís. It actually dates from the Late Middle Ages, but may well have Roman origins, as indicated by the thick buttresses and sharp cutwaters.

The parapet, with a cobble path, is a scenic balcony over the River Sella, serving as a risky springboard, along with its abutments, for summer bathers, as the bridge crosses a pool in the river used by the locals to take a dip.

A wooden replica of the Victory Cross hangs from the central arch.

The "Old Bridge" or "Roman Bridge" is a graceful humpback bridge with a large pointed central arch which almost entirely crosses the river due to its broad span.

It has large buttresses supported on rocky outcrops that provide stability and sharp cutwaters. The side arches, two on each side, are also pointed. There are also other small relief arches on the abutments and cutwaters. The bridge has a stone parapet and the floor is cobblestoned.

Its typology dates it as having been built in the 14th or 15th century, though possibly replacing another bridge built in Roman times.

The bridge had great strategic and commercial value for the city of Cangas, as it was the only stone bridge over the mighty Sella up until the 19th century, which made this passage crucial for communication between Asturias and Cantabria and for trade.

Bridge over the River Sella ("Roman Bridge")