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Last moments of the golden hour in Zaragoza. When I ran to this bridge from the square of the Basilica el Pilar, I had the last glimpses of this beautiful light. From the bridge there is marvelous view of the churches and I enjoyed lovely sunset.

The Puente de Piedra (English: Stone Bridge) is a bridge across the river Ebro. It is is also called the Bridge of Lions because four lions (symbols of the city) are placed on the pillars at each end of the bridge.

Beginning in the 12th century the citizens of Zaragoza tried to build a bridge across the Ebro. In 1401-1440, the Puente de Piedra was built under the direction of Gil de Menestral. The flood in 1643 destroyed two central bridge spans.
In 1659 the bridge was reconstructed. Architect Felipe de Busignac restored two destroyed towers and expanded the bridge piers. In 1789, architect Agustín Sanz strengthened the Ebro's bank at the Monastery of St. Lazarus to prevent the risk of flooding of the bridge. The reconstruction of the bridge was of great economic importance for the development of the region and all the country.

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Beautiful view of the basilica del Pilar in sunset.

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