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Although just an ordinary concrete bridge we chanced upon El Viaducto,its not a Roman bridge as a lot of people expect,if you want a Roman bridge in Madrid head to Puert De Toledo in the Carabanchel neighbourhood spanning the River Manzanares, this bridge is modern ,interesting and very sad at the same time,its unfortunately a suicide hotspot,a row of perspex walls on either side of the bridge are testament to the suicide attempts from this bridge ,its an impressive structure but so sad . Easy to locate on Calle Bailen.
By Dimitris L
El Viaducto is just a bridge and nothing more. We came by here once, as our hotel was about twenty minutes away. It is close to the Royal Palace, in fact they are on the same road. The bridge takes its name from the road below it, which intersects Calle Bailen. The bridge was originally a 19th century construction, then rebuilt in the 1930s and renovated, reconstructed, fixed, repaired, over the years since. We originally imagined this to be a sort of Roman remains, judging by the name, but obviously that is definitely not the case! If we had known we would not have bothered, as it is just a common concrete bridge, an achievement in itself, but not a tourist attraction by any means. The views from the bridge are not too bad, but not that great either. Apart from that, it is not worth it.
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May 2016 • Friends
The views are great, you can see how big is the city and the sun setting down, the cathedral on the back, its very nice, there are glasses on each side but its still possible to take good pictures.
Written February 22, 2017
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May 2014 • Couples
This remarkable viaduct is actually called Viaducto de Segovia and is a large bridge over Calle Segovia. The concrete bridge was built in 1974 in rationalist style, to avoid traffic of Calle Bailen to go downhill and uphill again. It is actually a bridge over a small valley. There used to be a wooden bridge from 1874, which was replaced by an iron bridge in the 1930's and replaced again by the impressive current structure made of concrete. Some people committed suicide here till 1998 when the town hall installed glass panels to avoid it. When you cross the bridge, you see the big forest of Casa de Campo on one side and the roofs from La Latina neighbourhood on the other.
Written October 13, 2014
Oct 2017 • Couples
We stayed near here so we got to walk over the viaduct many times. The view was great and streets going under came out to parks and hidden neighborhoods.
Written October 17, 2017
Jul 2016 • Couples
It is just a bridge but the cantilever design is very impressive, It is close to the cathedral and palace so we came to have a look whilst waiting for the changing of the guards to start. Worth a pass over although you cannot look over it because perspex barriers have been put in place to, I assume, stop suicide attempts.
Written July 14, 2016
Jan 2016 • Solo
Having walked over the viaduct, it is undeniable that there are some lovely views but the bridge itself is relatively modern and Unimpressive!!
Written January 19, 2016
Aug 2019 • Friends
Although just an ordinary concrete bridge we chanced upon El Viaducto,its not a Roman bridge as a lot of people expect,if you want a Roman bridge in Madrid head to Puert De Toledo in the Carabanchel neighbourhood spanning the River Manzanares, this bridge is modern ,interesting and very sad at the same time,its unfortunately a suicide hotspot,a row of perspex walls on either side of the bridge are testament to the suicide attempts from this bridge ,its an impressive structure but so sad .
Easy to locate on Calle Bailen.
Easy to locate on Calle Bailen.
Written August 30, 2019
Oct 2018 • Couples
We walked halfway across the bridge before we realised we were standing on what we were looking for. I thought that Viaducto was a Roman Aqueduct so when i saw that it was just a bridge albeit an interesting one i must admit i was a bit disappointed. There was a homeless settlement under one of the arches which detracted further from the experience. If you are into civil engineering this is for you.
Written October 18, 2018
Sep 2018 • Business
From the top of bridge the view would be good but someone put plexiglass which is old and worn and not clear. The view from the bottom looking up is much nicer.
Written September 27, 2018
Apr 2018 • Couples
The original viaduct dated to 1874 and was of iron construction. It was replaced in 1934 but received considerable damage during the Civil War and was restored and reopened in 1942. By 1976 the second viaduct proved inadequate for the traffic volumes and was closed. Ultimately it was decided to refurbish and preserve it; the works were carried out between 1977 and 1978, This reconstruction retains the shape of the second viaduct, but increased its height by two meters and its span by almost 200 meters. The current viaduct is designed for heavy two-way vehicular traffic and has pedestrian sidewalks on either side. An impressive structure
Written May 24, 2018
Jan 2018 • Solo
In Madrid took a walking tour and part of the tour visited this bridge. The architecture is magnificent but the history is sad as it was dubbed as suicide bridge.
Written February 4, 2018
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