Cendere / Septimus Severus Bridge Adıyaman
Cendere Bridge, also known as the Severan Bridge, the Roman Bridge or the Septimius Severus Bridge, is located on the Cendere Brook, of which the ancient name Cabinas. The bridge is named because it combines the two sides of the stream flowing through a magnificent canyon. a huge huge pond-like water basin, which is formed by the river streaming under the bridge and the walls of the canyon are both spooky and fascinating. While going to direction from Adıyaman province to the Town Kahta, first you pass through the side of ''Blackbird'' tumulus and the Town Kahta, than you reach to a crossroad to the Sincik-Kocasinan destination where the bridge is located. Bridge was built by the order of of Roman Emperor Sepimus Severus by the soldiers of XVI legion which was settled in Samsat the old name of which was ''Samasota''
The Cendere Bridge is a magnificent monumental example of ancient Roman architecture. The bridge consisting of two arches, one of which is a main arch and one smaller evacuation arch, is made of cut stones each having tons of weight. It is 7 meters wide, 30 meters high and 120 meters long. The bridge joins in the middle by rising from the ramp on both sides. The most interesting architectural feature is that the bridge is built without mortar. The construction method is the lockingstone technique used in the arched building by architecturers of Roman empire. Considering that such arched structures are made by agglomerating soil under the arhed structure to be constructed and then removing this soil it is understood that the Roman has changed the direction of the water for a period. The lockingstone construction technique increases both the static resistance of the bridge and the monumental appearance of the bridge. Although all the structures in the ancient areas are mostly damaged or destroyed, it can be observed in many places where a large or small multi-arch structured built with the keystone technique stands standing.