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Triana Bridge

Triana Bridge (42)

One of the most picturesque and important bridges crossing the Guadalquivir is indoubtedly the Triana Bridge, the popular name given to the Puente de Isabel II [Isabella II’s Bridge]. This was the first of many recent ones built over the river. Its designers were the engineers Fernando Bernardet and Gustavo Steinacher, who, given the need to connect Seville to Triana, built it in 1852 over the old Puente de las Barcas [Boat Bridge], which dated back to the Almohad era. 

The bridge is made of iron and stone, without a single piece of wood, and has three 43-metre illuminated arches and one marine arch. These arches were built by the San Antonio Foundry, whose owner, Narciso Bonaplata, from Catalan, was one of the promoters of the famous Feria de Abril. Additionally, on the bridge is the tiny Capilla del Carmen [Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s Chapel], commonly known as “El mechero.” [“The Lighter.”]

Be sure to look behind it at the Puente de Chapina, completed in 1991 and built on dry land over the area that cut across the Guadalquivir riverbed in 1948. This is why this bridge doesn’t touch the river at any point. 

One last thing of interest is that the Triana Bridge has been a National Historical Monument since 13th April 1976.

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