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The Bridge of San Martín

The bridge of San Martín is a medieval bridge over the Tagus River, located in the west of the city of Toledo, from which a magnificent view of the city is contemplated, is one of the most important historical and monumental bridges of the city .

It communicates with the Judería with its famous synagogues of Santa María la Blanca and the Transit and other monumental parts of the city like the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

In this place, during Arab domination and the first times of Christian membership existed a bridge of boats that was destroyed by a flood. In the thirteenth century was undertaken the construction of the current granite stone bridge, taking the name of the parish to whose jurisdiction belonged: San Martin. In its construction it is probable that the bridge of Alcántara was taken like model, In the middle of century XIV, towards 1355, Pedro I of Castile would have set fire to the doors of the bridge, and in 1368 again suffered damages.

It was restored by the archbishop Pedro Tenorio, around 1390, that made to construct the great central arch and the two crenellated towers of the ends. The bridge is all of ashlar masonry. In 1760, during the reign of Charles III, the San Martin Bridge was paved.

Until the recent date of 1976 this venerable medieval bridge had to support the road traffic. At present only pedestrian traffic is allowed.

It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Toledo, from where you can admire incredible views of the city and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.
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