Aznalcazar Roman bridge
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This ancient Roman bridge over the river Guadiamar is now a bridge over dry land.   

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The river has meandered 200 yards to the west.   It looks lovely.

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But this is only a pond.  In summer the river is dry.   It is now crossed by a rather less beautiful modern bridge.

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As so often in Andalucia, the Roman bridge is also overshadowed by a concrete government visitor centre.

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When I visited in midsummer there were cars parked outside, and presumably staff inside collecting their salaries, but the centre was closed.   No-one seemed too bothered that people had been taxed to pour concrete next to a beautiful river and to divert adults into unproductive jobs.  

I cheered myself up with the thought that with the accession of the new Eastern European states, the EU will divert some of these harmful make work projects away from Spain.  

 

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