Penkalas Bridge

The Penkalas Bridge is a Roman bridge over the Penkalas (today Kocaçay), a small tributary of the Rhyndakos ( Adırnas Çayı), in Aezani, Asia Minor ( Çavdarhisar in present-day Turkey). The 2nd century AD structure was once one of four ancient bridges in Aezani and is assumed to have been the most important crossing-point due to its central location in the vicinity of the Zeus temple and the direct access it provided to the Roman road to Cotyaeum ( Kütahya). According to reports by European travellers, the ancient parapet remained in use as late as 1829, having been replaced today by an unsightly iron railing. Around 290 m upstream, another well-preserved, almost identical five-arched Roman bridge leads across the Penkalas.


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