Lat: 37° 42' 3.209360" N - Long: 14° 47' 58.91921" E
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The Saracen Bridge is one of the most beautiful and historically most interesting works of the Sicilian Middle Ages.
In the area there must have been a passage over the Simeto, it was part of an ancient road that from the north-eastern Sicily led to the plain of Catania, following the course of the Alcantara and Simeto rivers.
In Roman times the bridge was built in masonry; the bases of the major arch remain of this period; subsequently it had to be rebuilt by the Arabs, who took better care of the chromatic effects with the alternation of light and dark stones in arches, and was restored in the Norman period.
In this period the bridge was part of an important road that connected Troina, the first capital of the kingdom of Roger I of Altavilla, with Catania.
The damage caused by the earthquake of 1693 was enormous.
Today only the central arch is preserved.
The other arches were destroyed during the 1948 flood and then rebuilt.
Today we discover...
On a country road a surprising effect!
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