• 13839

The Bridge of San Martín

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

It communicates with the Jewish quarter with its famous synagogues of Santa María la Blanca and del Tránsito and other monumental parts of the city such as the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

In this place, during the Arab domination and the first times of Christian belonging there was a bridge of boats that was destroyed by a flood.

In the thirteenth century the construction of the current granite stone bridge was undertaken, taking the name of the parish to whose jurisdiction it belonged: San Martín. In its construction it is probable that the bridge of Alcantara was taken as a model,

In the mid-fourteenth century, around 1355, Pedro I of Castile would have set fire to the bridge doors, and in 1368 he suffered damage again. It was restored by Archbishop Pedro Tenorio, around 1390, who had the large central arch and the two crenellated towers at the ends.

The bridge is all masonry. In 1760, during the reign of Carlos III, the San Martín 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 there you can see incredible views of the city and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.