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The Palmas Bridge was constructed in 1460, but it was destroyed by a flood in 1545. It was reconstructed and finished in 1596, during the reign of Felipe II. Before its construction, there did not exist any bridge in Badajoz and crossing of the river was done on boats. The bridge was built with stone but when the river flooded, the bridge had to be repaired. The bridge was reconstructed in 1833 using the plans of the engineer Jose Maria Otero, and under the direction of the architect Valentin Falcato. The bridge has a length of 600 meters and was of strategic importance in the past with fortifications on both ends.