Toledo’s Beautiful Buildings: St. Martin’s Bridge (Puente De San Martín)

Toledo has two glorious historic bridges, Alcántara Bridge, of which I’ve posted a set of pictures a couple of weeks back, and St. Martin’s Bridge, coming up below.

The bridge was originally commissioned in the 14th century by Archbishop Pedro Tenorio, and, according to local lore, the architect who built it had made a big boo-boo. He realised a few days before the inauguration that he had miscalculated the bridge’s load bearing capacity.

Riddled with anxiety, he told wifey of his fears that once the scaffolding was removed, the structure would come tumbling down. Said wife, clearly more of an action person than a worrier, went out at night and burnt the whole thing down, giving her husband the chance to do the job again, and this time properly.
St Martin's Bridge

St Martin's Bridge Toledo

St Martin's Bridge Toledo

St Martin's Bridge Toledo

View from St Martin's Bridge, Toledo

St Martin's Bridge Toledo

St Martin's Bridge Toledo

Not half bad for a re-hashed botch job is it…?!

For some more beautiful views of Toledo, click here. (I add new pictures to this file on a regular basis).

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5 thoughts on “Toledo’s Beautiful Buildings: St. Martin’s Bridge (Puente De San Martín)

  1. Lauren @ Roamingtheworld

    Hello there, always enjoy the history lessons and photos! My mom us arriving in a few hrs and after exploring basque country will make our way to Madrid. Currently planning to visit Toledo btwn April 2-4. Any chance you’ll be in town? Would be fun to meet up!! Feel free to email and we can exvhange numbers that way

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