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MURCIA AND THE SECRET OF ITS BRIDGES

Murcia in its history has characterized by having only one bridge to cross the river Segura, the bridge Old or Hazards. It was built in the mid-eighteenth century to the twentieth century the city had no need that the other bridges were built that holds to date, there are five.

Each bridge is constructed differently and with varied materials: from stone, concrete or iron up glass, Recently. However, the "most wanted" by the murcianos it is the first one, Old bridge given its long history and productivity.

Murcia town has up to three footbridges to cross the river Segura today. The Manterola, designed by engineer Javier Manterola; New Bridge, which has It has been closed to traffic ago and has become pedestrian zone; and bridge Calatrava or Vistabella, work built by architect Santiago Calatrava.

However, Murcia also has several viaducts for traffic as the pioneer Old Bridge or Dangers, Miguel Caballero gateway, Bridge Hospital and the Fica. a gateway Manterola and Calatrava were built decades ago and unite, respectively, the Carmen district with the town and the Infante Juan Manuel with Vistabella.

Old Bridge or Dangers

Old Bridge
Old Bridge or hazards in Murcia is the first bridge built in its history

The Old Bridge is so called because it is the oldest Murcia. This was begun in 1718 and it was completed in 1742. The name of Hazard was given because in the end that connects with the Barrio del Carmen  a small temple was built dedicated to the Virgen de los Peligros. They have everything who had to cross the river protection invoked by the fear of terrible floods that caused the Segura passing through Murcia.

Iron Bridge New Year

Iron Bridge was the second bridge built in Murcia
Iron Bridge was the second bridge built in Murcia

It is the second bridge that He built in the city. It is called New as opposed to "old". The increased traffic of carts, galleys and luxury carriages, and the need to connect both banks of the river It led to this bridge project 1894 which it was completed in 1903. East iron bridge was built in the fashion imposed by the Eiffel Tower, Raised in Paris 1889 for the Universal Exhibition. As the beams no They put up with the amount of traffic today, since 2003, once refurbished by engineer and architect Javier Manterola, It is exclusively pedestrian.

Bridge FICA

BRIDGE FICA is one of the most emblematic of the city

Called Fica to placed next to where the International Fair of the Conserva was and Feeding (STAY), space where currently rises and the Auditorium Center Victor Villegas Congress. This is the third bridge in Antique city. The design and layout are born in 1965 to growth southern districts of the city and circulatory problems in that area far from the only two existing bridges at the time. It was built by the old MOPU (Ministry of development) between 1967 Y 1969, provechando the new channeling the urban stretch of the Segura River that affected the area.

Miguel Caballero Bridge

BRIDGE MIGUEL CABALLERO
BRIDGE MIGUEL CABALLERO

It's a concrete bridge built in 1970 and armed which it rests on three cylindrical central pillars. bears Miguel Caballero name, the engineer and mayor of the time in which he erected. It is also known as the Hammer Bridge, to lead the most protruding part of the Bishop's Palace.

Bridge Hospital or Calatrava

BRIDGE OF HOSPITAL OR CALATRAVA

known since 1973 as a bridge of the hospital (to be located opposite the former Red Cross, current Reina Sofia), now it is known as Calatrava bridge. This name is due to architect Santiago Calatrava, that between 1994 Y 1999 reformed, at the request of town hall, aging infrastructure, now a modern infrastructure made of glass and steel, with two lateral passages for vehicles and an area central pedestrian. Une neighborhoods Murcia Vistabella and Infante.

Malecón walkway or Manterola

BRIDGE MALECÓN O MANTEROLA
BRIDGE MALECÓN O MANTEROLA

Also twentieth century, specifically 1997, Gateway is the curve that the engineer Javier Navarro Manterola designed to join the two banks of Segura, in the Malecon area and the Barrio del Carmen with Veronicas and Almudí. Its design resembles a boat with a mast of 30 meter high that go together 45 steel braces, of the thirty hold the base and fifteen counterweight act between the structure and the artificial island, formed in the riverbed, in which he placed the said mast.

Vistabella Bridge

BRIDGE VISTABELLA
BRIDGE VISTABELLA

Santiago Calatrava is also the author of another step over the River Segura, the pedestrian walkway Vistabella, what connects this district with the Infant. Follow your usual and repetitive design suspenders and flat glass, due to moisture problems and slip for pedestrians, It has had to cope with a "carpet" vinyl.

Meanwhile I walk along the bridges, is always a golden opportunity to visit the restaurant Scorching Canovas, performing murcianos excellent rice and food huertana, and also it has specialties grilled meat, all own parenting and excellences Local cuisine.

Abrasador Restaurant CANOVAS
Abrasador Restaurant CANOVAS, Murcia specialists in rice dishes and grilled meats