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Eurymedon Bridge (Selge)

Eurymedon Bridge (Selge)
The Roman bridge over the Eurymedon valley
Official name Oluk Köprü
Crosses Eurymedon (Köprüçay)
Locale Near Selge, Pisidia, Turkey
Design Arch bridge
Material Stone
Total length 14 m
Width 3.5 m
Longest span 7 m
Construction end 2nd century AD
Eurymedon Bridge (Selge) is located in Turkey
Eurymedon Bridge (Selge)
Eurymedon Bridge (Selge)

The Eurymedon Bridge (Turkish: Oluk Köprü) is a Roman bridge over the river Eurymedon (modern Köprüçay) near Selge in Pisidia in southern Turkey.[1] It is part of the road winding up from the coastal region Pamphylia to the Pisidian hinterland.[1] Located 5 km north of the village Beşkonak in a sparsely settled area, the bridge crosses the Eurymedon high above the valley bottom.[1]

The excellently preserved structure is 14 m long and 3.5 m wide (with a roadway of 2.5 m).[1] The clear span of its single arch is c. 7 m, the thickness of its voussoirs, which were set without the use of mortar, 60 cm.[1] The building technique and the sturdy stonework point to a construction date in the 2nd century AD, a time when Selge was flourishing.[2]

42 km downstream at Aspendos, the Eurymedon is crossed by another extant old bridge.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Galliazzo 1994, p. 409
  2. ^ Galliazzo 1994, p. 410
  3. ^ O'Connor 1993, p. 126

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