Section of Apollodorus of Damascus’ Bridge inaugurated in Drobeta Turnu Severin


A new section of the bridge built by famous architect Apollodorus of Damascus, located near the Drobeta Turnu Severin county (western Romania) was inaugurated, Mayor of Drobeta Turnu Severin Constantin Gherghe told.

The bridge section was built after the scale model displayed at the Iron Gates Museum.

There are only two remaining pillars of the Roman Emperor Trajan’s Bridge in Drobeta Turnu Severin and one more in Kostol, Serbia, better preserved than the other ones constructed on the left banks of the Danube.

Apollodorus of Damascus was the favourite architect of Roman Emperor Trajan, the conqueror of Dacia, an antique state inhabited by the ancestors of the Roman people.

The bridge was constructed over the lower Danube in 104 -105 between Drobeta and Pontes (today Serbian Kostol village). The structure was 1,135 meters in length, 15 meters in width and 19 meters in height. It seems that Apollodorus diverted the course of the river and set up the pillars of the bridge afterwards.

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