In mid-November, one of the most important and distinctive monuments in Andalusia was threatened, the famous Ronda bridge in Malaga. As reported by the mayor of the town, Mrs. María Paz Fernández, an SUV collided with one of the main pillars and it moved the structure several centimeters, although the bridge itself has not suffered damage.
Daniel Harillo, Councilor for Works and Urban Planning, has expressed his intention to repair the damage as soon as possible, since it is a icon with historical and tourist values of exceptional importance.
Round, in its origins, it supposed a minimum part of the land that it occupies now. An enclave located in an isolated space due to the height of the cliff that surrounded it, which prevented the growth of the population in any direction. To trade with street vendors, who were positioned on the other side of what we now call "Block”, The inhabitants traveled long distances to get to the arab bridge, construction dating from the 11th century (After its last reconstruction in the 17th century, it has come to be called the Old Bridge) that connected them with the medina and the two suburbs.
The increasingly numerous traffic of people prompted the development of the New bridge, whose works began in 1735, but the final project was not launched until 1758. Directed by the Teruel architect Martin de Aldehuela, the work turned out to be a challenge for the architecture of the time, due to its large dimensions and geographical difficulty.
The construction of this road that joined the two lands meant the accelerated expansion of a city eager to develop. The bridge allows us to take a leap in time, go from the Middle Ages to Modernism in just a few steps.
Nowadays the Puente del Tajo or Puente Nuevo is the emblem of Ronda, housing in its interior an Interpretation Center for visitors, where the history of this magnificent and expensive architectural work of art is explained in detail.