By 1751, the Andalusian city of Ronda, Spain, had grown up on both sides of the Guadalevin River and a new bridge was needed to connect the two sides. That was a challenge; it was to be built where the river was at the bottom of a chasm – nearly 400 feet deep. Unbowed, chief builder, Juan Antonio Diaz Machuca pressed on using the plans of inspired architect, Jose Martin de Aldehuela.
Construction took 42 years and cost the lives of 50 workers.
One of the most photographed structures in Spain, the bridge is mentioned by Ernest Hemingway in his famous novel, “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” Argentine photographer JMartinC captured this image.