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Incredible iron bridge that is the longest in Spain now recognised as cultural monument

In Granada, a historic iron bridge, once at risk of disappearing, has now gained recognition as an Asset of Cultural Interest, ensuring its preservation and legal protection.

In a significant milestone for architectural preservation, the Hacho Bridge, nestled between the municipalities of Alamedilla and Guadahortuna in Granada, Spain, has been officially declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) in the category of Monument.

Standing as Spain's longest iron bridge, this historic viaduct, once at risk of disappearing, now enjoys legal protection and measures for its conservation, as revealed in a resolution published in the Official State Gazette.

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Built between 1886 and 1895, the Hacho Bridge became operational on March 22, 1898, marking an era of engineering excellence.

The bridge comprises three spans supported by eleven pillars, showcasing a captivating blend of iron and stone. The resolution celebrates its "formal beauty" and underscores its role as a "visual and scenic landmark" that holds significant historical and artistic value.

"The formal beauty of the bridge is given by the symmetry and roundness of the lines. It is undoubtedly a visual and scenic landmark, with a relevant presence in the territory," the resolution adds.

A report by the University of Granada, cited in the resolution, further validates the bridge's cultural significance. The report hails it as a "highly unique construction, highly representative of the historical period in which it was built, an exponent of the technology of the time." The University's endorsement positions the Hacho Bridge as a distinctive architectural work of artistic nature, forming a characteristic landscape.

Commissioned by the Compañía de los Caminos del Hierro del Sur de España in 1889, the French company Fives-Lille undertook the project, modifying the initial route planned for Úbeda and Baza. Fives-Lille, known for their work on the Eiffel Tower, constructed numerous bridges across Europe, solidifying their place as a significant player in civil engineering.