Zuazo Bridge and the annexed Fortifications are located at the entrance of San Fernando; this historical place is situated in the municipalities of San Fernando and Puerto Real, in the province of Cádiz, overcoming the shallow channel Caño de Sancti-Petri.
Most of historians claim, that the Bridge and the Fortifications have a Roman origin. According to Arabic text, the bridge was built on the foundations of the aqueduct that used to bring water from Tempul in Jerez, Cadiz. It should be pointed out the historical, archeological and surroundings uniqueness of the ensemble, constituting the historic crossing to the Island and the city of Cadiz from land, being therefore the trade and the way to connect with inland.
This explains the numerous restorations and reforms that it has endured since its inception. The historical setbacks, the continuous incursions by North African pirates and by English, as well as the French siege, condition, up to now, the structural and defensive reforms of the Bridge and the Fortifications until the current configuration as a defensive whole Historic Place: Zuazo Bridge and the annexed Fortifications.
This project and construction management has been developed together with LOGGIA Cultural Heritage Management. SL and it seeks to recover this historic place, considering the heritage intervention criteria and reckoning with the environmental value of the surroundings. I should be pointed that the location of this historical ensemble has several features which determine the actions to be carried out on it:
- It is enrolled in the Natural Park Bay of Cadiz, and therefore the laws legislating the natural park should be followed
- Part of their surface belongs to DPMT (Maritime-Terrestrial Public Domain) thus to the Coastal Law.
- It has a statement as BIC regarding the coastal fortifications
- Finally it is also signed in the General Catalogue of the Andalusian Historical Heritage in the category of Historical Place, according to the decree published in BOJA nº60 May 28, 1998.