Tasköprü is the symbol of Adana. This is a bridge over the Sam River. At this river narrowing the bridge connects Sam (West-Adana) and Yüregir (east-Adana) for more than 2000 years. The bridge was built during the Roman Empire by the architect Auxentius.
It Was One Of The Oldest Bridges In The World That Was Open To Motorized Traffic
At present it is only open to pedestrians. The Sabanci Mosque is located directly at the bridge. The bridge is known with various names in history and testifies through numerous additions and restorations of many civilizations.
The bridge has been restored several times over the centuries. Harun al-Rashid and Mamun also had the bridge set up because it was in an important route. Later it was extensively restored under the reign of Abdülmecit I in the year 1847.
An inscription from the time is in the Archaeological Museum of Adana. The length of the bridge, which stands on 14 arches and 5 smaller breakthroughs, is 310 m and it is 11.4 m wide. The shortening was achieved by landfill of the river bank. A scale model of the column is exhibited in Miniatürk Museum in İstanbul.
The Origin Of The Bridge Is Strongly Discussed Among Historians
The most common assumption today is that the Roman Emperor Hadrian had the bridge erected at 120. Other sources cite the architect Auxentius at 384. Despite these discrepancies, the stone Bridge is considered one of the oldest still used bridges in the world. Through the centuries, several restorations and conversions have been made, but the former construction is still well recognizable.