Reflections of the drought on the Besalú bridge

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In this series of photographs The Photos of La Vanguardia Readers We can see how the river Fluvià goes down with little water at the height of Besalú, although there is still enough to create beautiful reflections of the famous historic bridge.

The Fluvià river rises in the Collsacabra mountains, and flows into the Mediterranean, in the Empordà marshes, near Sant Pere Pescador, after traveling 70 km through the Catalan counties of La Garrotxa and Alt Empordà.


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The Fluvià as it passes through Besalú.

Josep Soldevila

The first news about this Romanesque bridge is from the year 1075. It is cataloged as an Asset of Cultural Interest at a national level.

As can be seen, it has an angular shape with seven unequal arches (the first is included in the sector corresponding to the walled enclosure), which are located on top of pillars, many of them based on living rock, with breakwaters.


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Besalu.

The Besalú bridge is reflected in the Fluvià.

Josep Soldevila

At the end of the first section, between the fourth and fifth arches, there is a widening of the road and further on, between the sixth and seventh, there is another. The fortified access portal is superimposed on the first pillar of the bridge.


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Besalu.

The Fluvià flows through Besalú.

Josep Soldevila

On top of the fifth pillar stands the fortified tower, with a hexagonal floor plan with two superimposed semicircular arches, on the eastern side, and with a pointed arch and loopholes at the top, on the western side.


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Besalu.

The Besalú bridge duplicated in the waters of the Fluvià.

Josep Soldevila

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