At the stroke of midnight on December 31st 1999 I was standing in Plaza Nueva in the centre of the Andalucían city of Seville with thousands of other people, to welcome in the new millennium. So, it was with some nostalgia that I returned for a few days recently, to be reminded of the delights that Seville has to offer – both old and new. I’ll be letting you know all about that in another post coming up soon, but for now, I want to show you the Isabel II bridge, more popularly known as Puente de Triana.
Until 1852, the only way across the Guadalquivir River was by using a makeshift bridge, originally formed in 1171 by chaining 13 boats together between the river banks. In 1847, French engineers Fernando Bernadet and Gustavo Steinacher began work on the Isabel II bridge, linking the Gypsy neighbourhood of Triana with the city centre of Seville.
It’s a pleasant stroll across Triana bridge which has become known for its love-locks, a custom by which padlocks are fixed to a gate, fence or bridge by sweethearts as a symbol of their eternal love. Because of the numbers involved, this practice has now become frowned upon, and the locks are periodically removed.
As you will gather, I took the above photo whilst enjoying an evening cruise along the Rio Guadalquivir. I love the way the lights from the bridge are reflected in the gently flowing water.
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