Ronda is famous for its bridge over the ‘Tajo’ that divides the town in an ‘old’ and a ‘new’ city.
The Puente Nuevo Ronda is the most emblematic monument for the famous city of Ronda. It has been constructed between 1759 and 1793. Crossing the Tajo de Ronda, a gorge over 100 meters deep made by the river Guadalevin, it unites the historical and modern parts of the town.
The foundation of this enormous bridge is made of local rocks, the whole bridge is made of stone. The Puente Nuevo has a smaller center arch where the river passes through, supported by another arch. In the upper parts are some rooms, that in the past were used as a prison.On both sides of these are two arches, that support the structure that holds the street on top.
Its construction began in 1759. It was to replace the previous bridge that collapsed in 1740. In the realization of the Puente Nuevo several architects were involved, but the highlight was José Martin de Aldehuela, who finished the work.