Penkalas Bridge

Penkalas Bridge

Penkalas Bridge in 1992
Coordinates 39°12′03″N 29°36′44″E / 39.200833°N 29.612222°E / 39.200833; 29.612222Coordinates: 39°12′03″N 29°36′44″E / 39.200833°N 29.612222°E / 39.200833; 29.612222
Crosses Penkalas (Kocaçay)
Locale Aezani, Turkey
Design Arch bridge
Material Stone
Number of spans 5
Construction end 2nd century AD
Penkalas Bridge
Location in Turkey

The Penkalas Bridge is a Roman bridge over the Penkalas (today Kocaçay), a small tributary of the Rhyndakos (Adırnas Çayı), in Aezani, Asia Minor (Çavdarhisar in present-day Turkey).

The 2nd-century AD structure was once one of four ancient bridges in Aezani and is assumed to have been the most important crossing-point due to its central location in the vicinity of the Zeus temple and the direct access it provided to the Roman road to Cotyaeum (Kütahya).[1] According to reports by European travellers, the ancient parapet remained in use as late as 1829, having been replaced today by an unsightly iron railing.[1]

Around 290 m upstream, another well-preserved, almost identical five-arched Roman bridge leads across the Penkalas.[1]



See also

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