The “Cabreiro”’s Bridge

Arcos de Valdevez
Description

Located on “Cabreiro”’s river, connecting the inhabitants of the villages “Igreja” and “Sobreira”, the “Cabreiro”’s Bridge is one of the most characteristic examples of this type of civil architecture from Middle and Modern period in the entire county. The overall architecture is quite interesting. It features two unequal arches, except the right margin one, being the largest with a perfect round arch and acronyms. The staves and the ledge, feature a unit with ashlars, the remaining structure presenting roughly crafted shaped blocks. The central pier is a quadrangular cross-section, the cutwater and the cutting shaped as a triangular prism. The tray comes down from the middle of the structure to the right bank of the river.

Chronologically, its construction dates back to the second half of the 15th century, as the large inscriptions related to the ogive shaped arch’s staves seem to attest, dating the work back to the year 1462, work which was undertaken by a local abbot, “Afonso Anes”, "servant" of D. Leonel de Lima. The perfect round arch has probably suffered some renovating work during modern times.

Location: Arcos de Valdevez
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