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Puente de los Santos sobre la Ría de Ribadeo

  • Issue date: 04/05/2013
  • Printing Process: Offset
  • Paper: Estucado, engomado, fosforescente
  • Size of stamp: 74,64 x 28,8 mm (Horizontal)
  • Size of block sheet: 105,6 x 79,2 mm (Horizontal)
  • Postal value of the stamps: 2 €
  • Print run: 260.000 hojas bloque
  • Dented: 12 3/4 horizontal y 13 1/4 vertical

The stamp dedicated to the Bridge of Los Santos sobre la Ría de Ribadeo links the towns of Ribadeo (Lugo) and Castropol (Asturias) and is a highlight of civil engineering.

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Over the vast estuary of Ribadeo was built, from 1983 to 1987, the Bridge of dos Santos which communicates Asturias and Galicia and overcame the gap separating these two regions thus facilitating communications between both sides.

The bridge is 600 meters long and was initially 12 meters wide. From 2007 to 2008 it was widened in 24.60 meters converting it to four lanes and two sidewalks to allow for the Cantabrian motorway (A-8) to pass through it. It is a trabeated bridge made of reinforced concrete, steel and wood which can carry a weight of over 1,200 tons.

The bridge is named after the chapels on either side of the river: San Román nas Figueiras in Castropol, and San Miguel, in Ribadeo. Before the building of the bridge, communications between both sides were by boat or making a detour along the old road between Vegadeo and Porto.

The issue is a one stamp souvenir sheet featuring an aerial view of the estuary and the town of Ribadeo. In the stamp is depicted the modern bridge of Los Santos and the town of Ribadeo.

Yolanda Estefanía

Yolanda Estefanía

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