What is 'Alcantara' ? Or Al-Kantara-as-Saif ?
Okay. I went to the Spanish town of Alcantara today to get something from the pharmacy, and of course I had to cross that damn bridge over the Tejo... the bridge is almost 2000 years old and proves the jest that all bridges in Spain were built by either the Romans or the EU ;)
So, the Romans built this bridge - the Goths later took over the Roman province, only to be conquered by those Evil Arab Moors - who named the place 'The Sword Bridge'... there's a legend that a golden sword is hidden within the building. The Christian took it in the 13th century and massacred most of the Moors - 'Matamoros' is a Spanish family names as 'Alcantara' or 'de Alcantara' might be. Btw there are quite a few other places in Spain with the name 'Alcantara', usually near rivers.
It hurts to see trucks and other traffic go over this bridge - but then, the Romans built for eternity... the brutes hadn't yet mastered the finer points of built-in decay we 'modern' know-it-all cats practice so very well !
The plaques set into the bridge say, "Dedicated to the Emperor Nerva Traianus, Caesar Augustus, Germanicus, Dacicus... to the curiosity of voyagers who like to learn new things, and maybe ask themselves who built this and for what reason - this bridge, destined to last forever through the centuries of the world, was built by Caius Iulius Lacer, famous for his divine art." And so it remains. It's almost 200 meters across, 71 meters high, and solid as a rock.
As the family name of the guy was Iulius, the architect was a remote relative of that other Caius Iulius, who gave the 'Caesars" their name.#alcantara #lacer #bridgephotography