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Cendere Bridge

General Information

Other name(s): Chabinas Bridge; Septimius Severus Bridge; Severan Bridge
Beginning of works: 1st century
Completion: 2nd century
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Vaulted arch bridge
Function / usage: original use:
Road bridge
Architectural style: Roman
Material: Masonry bridge


Location: , ,
  • Cendere (Chabinas)
Coordinates: 37° 55' 57.98" N    38° 36' 30.63" E

Technical Information


width 7.56 - 8.20 m
length 123 m
arch rise 17.10 m
span 34.20 m


arch stone


Built by the "legio XVI Flavia firma" (XVIth Roman Legion) stationed at Samosata (Samsat), replacing a bridge built under Vespasian (69-79 AD).

The three (originally four) columns erected on both ends of the bridge bear inscriptions in honor of the emperor Septimus Severus (193-211) and his wife Julia Domna as well as their two sons Geta and Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus. The latter eventually reigned as Caracalla (211-217), had his brother killed and erased him from history (which included the column dedicated to him at this bridge).


Currently there is no information available about persons or companies having participated in this project.

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