The Old Bridge of Talavera de la Reina is illuminated for the first time on San Juan Night

The Old Bridge of Talavera de la Reina is illuminated for the first time on San Juan Night

  • The project, which is part of Iberdrola’s Illuminations Program, will require an investment of 75,000 euros.
  • The new lighting will use the latest LED technology and highlight the most emblematic architectural elements.

Iberdrola, as part of the collaboration agreement signed with the Talavera City Council in May 2021, has developed the ornamental lighting project on the Old Bridge of Talavera de la Reina. The renovation of the bridge lighting is another example of Iberdrola’s commitment to Castilla-La Mancha, the conservation of the region’s historical and artistic heritage, and the promotion of the social value of culture.

The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Emiliano García – Page, president of the Junta de Castilla La Mancha, and was also attended by the mayoress of Talavera de la Reina, Tita García, and the president of Fundación Iberdrola España, Fernando García Sánchez.

The initiative, which is part of Iberdrola’s Illuminations Program, has involved an investment of 75,000 euros to provide the bridge with new lighting using LED technology. A very careful installation has been carried out, taking into account reversibility criteria, with the placement of 25 luminaires and total power of 3 KW.

This new lighting, which uses the latest LED technology, improves color rendering, unifies colors, minimizes light pollution, and improves maintenance. In addition, a total of four strips have been installed in the soffit of the arches of the bridge.

All this will contribute to the enhancement of the bridge, which is listed as an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC), by highlighting the most emblematic architectural elements with a warm and soft light.

The Old Bridge of Talavera de la Reina

The Old Bridge of Talavera de la Reina is one of the most representative works of civil architecture of the city. It is located on a north-south communication axis over the Tagus River. Traditionally known as “Puente Viejo” (Old Bridge), it has served as the main access to the city through its southern sector by land until a new bridge, popularly known as “the iron bridge”, was built in 1908.

Fundación Iberdrola and culture

One of Iberdrola’s main areas of action, through its Foundation in Spain, focuses on the care, conservation, and enhancement of historical and artistic wealth. The main objective of the Lighting Program is to develop interventions in unique buildings to install or improve their interior and/or exterior ornamental lighting systems to enhance heritage.

Since 2011, the volume of investment allocated to the Lighting Program has amounted to more than 3 million euros and has led to the improvement of more than 40 monuments in Spain, including the historic Roman Bridge of Alcántara, in Cáceres; the facade of the Supreme Court, in Madrid; the Plaza Mayor of Sigüenza, or the Monastery of Guadalupe.