Roman bridge in Silifke

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GPS coordinates: 36.379700, 33.925301
Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke

Description: 

A historic bridge, which dates back to the Roman period of Asia Minor history, stands in the centre of Silifke, over the Göksu River. Despite the passage of centuries, it still helps people to cross the river, in ancient times known as Calycadnus. Moreover, until recently the bridge was an important part of the D400 route, linking Mersin and Antalya. Nowadays, the locals call it Taşköprü i.e. the Stone Bridge.

The bridge over the Göksu was built in the 77-78 CE by the Roman governor L. Octavius Memor, acting on the orders of Emperor Vespasian and his sons Titus and Domitianus. For the next eighteenth centuries, it served the residents of the city and travellers alike. The bridge fell into disrepair in the 19th century. In 1870, the necessary repairs were carried out on behalf of the Ottoman governor of Silifke, Mehmet Ali Pasha. Subsequent renovations of the structure were made in 1922 and 1972. The bridge was also widened in the 20th century.

The bridge was erected of limestone blocks. Its total length is 120 meters, and it is 5.4 meters wide. The construction is supported by seven arches, and the widest of them has a span of 17.4 meters. Three of these arches belong to the original Roman structure, and the other four are from the Ottoman period.

Getting there: 

The bridge is situated in the very centre of Silifke. It is the part of İlhan Akgün street. The bridge is available both for pedestrians and for motorists.

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Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke