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Puente Viejo(Ontinyent)

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It is an ashlar bridge consisting of two slightly pointed semicircular arches supported by three buttresses. The central pier, 4.4 m thick, has a keel-shaped block footing. The railing was a later addition from the end of the 18th century, built from the remains of several demolished mural portals. The bridge had a defensive tower at its entrance, the remains of which date from 1597 and form the foundations of a private building.

The work was carried out between 1500 and 1501 by the stonemasons Pere Riba and Joan Montanyés, who signed a contract with the town council in January 1500 to finish the construction before March 4 of the following year. The local council motivated its erection due to the growing influx of pedestrians and traffic in connection with the boom in the wool industry. The viaduct was built over previous viaducts that had collapsed due to the flooding of the Clariano River. The construction has survived numerous floods of this river, including that of 1884.

After a restoration in the 1980s, in 2017 it was proposed to recover the structure that the bridge presented at the beginning of the 20th century. Thus, the boarding wall -until then hidden underground- was recovered; the works included other additions such as the construction of two access ramps to the riverbed. In 2020, the restoration of the infrastructure was resumed, due to the damage it presented after the passage of time and the floods. A report from the same year showed damage to the arches, including fragmentation of the materials, plant colonization and misalignment of the ashlars.

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