Description The Roman bridge of Patras was revealed at the 1980's, during excavation works for a private house. The double arced bridge is the best preserved of the kind in Greece. The bridge was built in 2nd to 3rd century AD over the Kallinaos river, which currently runs about 100 meters south. The bridge was included in the provincial public highway linking Patras with Aigion (via publica). The section passing over the bridge is paved with slabs, and maintains traces of the tracks created by the dense passage of wheeled vehicles of the time. In this section, on the right and left, a low parapet rises, to protect bystanders, built of brick and architectural elements in secondary use. The bridge itself is also made from bricks while the pillars are stone built. To assure a secure foundation the riverbed underneath the pillars is paved by architectural parts from older damaged buildings (columns, blocks, etc.). This bridge has replaced another one built earlier in the 1st c. AD, which remains a little further south and is much smaller, single-arch, made of limestone. After the construction of the new bridge the arch of the old one has been narrowed, to let less water pass, probably for the irrigation of the area. Information taken from http://odysseus.culture.gr/ Dr. Michalis Petropoulos, archaeologist - Director ΣΤ ΕΠΚΑ
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