The bridges of Seville might not be the first thing that crosses your mind when you think of the city, men they are and have been of great importance since the beginning.
The river Guadalquivir that runs through Seville hasn’t always followed the flow of its present course. During the Middle Ages it ran through the city, from Alameda de Hércules and down to the Cathedral. Since then it has both changed its course and been changed because of sever flooding and becoming silted up. The part of the river we see is actually an artificial channel and the actual river runs more west of the city. Most of it was drained and the area Feria de Abril takes place was built along with the harbour. Where Alameda is today used to be a stagnant lagoon, but was cleared and drained due to malaria and other sicknesss it brought and instead the square was built in its place.
Here are just a few bridges that stand out through their design, but if you walk along the river you can spot plenty more!
Puente del Alamillo
The most avant-garde bridge was designed by Santiago Calatrava, and for Swedes he’s mainly known as the architect of Turning Torso in Malmö, and was completed in 1992. It meant to mirror the image of a horse, where the wires are its mane and the highest point of the bridge its head with an eye. The top also serves as a lookout but is unfortunately not open to the public. The bridge was built to connect the city centre to the Cartuja Island where the Universal Exhibition of Seville took place.
Puente de la Barqueta
This is another bridge that was built for the Expo ’92, designed by Juan J. Arenas and Marcos J. Pantaleón, and with its distinctive features in the shape of an arch supported by two triangular portals simultaneously working as a grand entrance to the Expo ’92. This model of a bridge has since been copied and used around the world. Like an eye streching from shore to shore, the simple and stylistically pure design has also made it into a symbol for the New Seville.
Puente Cristo de la Expiración
A bridge with many names and attributes. Built in 1991 to unite the Plaza de Armas bus terminal to Triana and the road leading all the way to the coastal city of Huelva. The appearance of the bridge is inspired by Pont Alexandre III in Paris and has twisted awnings that not only look extravagant but also protects the passing pedestrians from the hot Andalusian sun.
Puente de Triana
Or the official name Puente de Isabel II since it was built during her reign, was Seville’s first fixed bridge replacing the floating bridge built of boats that led across the river to the Triana neighbourhood. The bridge is not only a typical example of iron architecture but also the oldest iron bridge in Spain and was nominated as a National monument in 1976.
If you decide to see Seville with our panoramic tour you’d get the chance to actually see these bridges!