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The Alcántara Bridge, widely hailed as a masterpiece of Roman engineering

Alcántara is a municipality (pop. 1769) in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain, on the Tagus, near Portugal. The toponym is Spanish word for "drain" from the Arabic al-QanTarah [القنطرة] meaning the bridge. It is famed for its Roman bridge of the same name of six symmetrical arches, 194 m/670 feet long and 71 m/210 feet high, built in honour of Trajan in 103-106. An inscription gives the name of the architect of the viaduct, C. Iulius Lacer.

The Order of Alcántara, a religious and military order, was established in 1176 here, for defence against the Moors, and was suppressed in 1835.

In 1499, Peter of Alcantara, teacher of Theresa of Avila, saint and Franciscan reformer was born here.

Convent of San Benito de Alcántara, built in the sixteenth century.

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Coordinates: 39°43′20″N 6°53′23″W / 39.72222°N 6.88972°W / 39.72222; -6.88972

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Alcantara may refer to:

  • Alcântara, Maranhão, a Brazilian city in the state of Maranhão
  • Alcántara, a municipality (pop. 1769) in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain.
  • Alcantara, Cebu, a municipality in the Philippines
  • Alcantara, Romblon, a municipality in the Philippines
  • Centro de Lançamento de Alcântara (Alcântara rocket launch site) is a rocket launch site located at Alcântara.
  • São Pedro de Alcântara, a former Franciscan monastery in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Saint Peter of Alcantara, Franciscan Saint, born in Alcantara, Spain.
  • São Pedro de Alcântara, an urban parish in the council of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Alcântara, Lisbon an urban parish in the council of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Alcantara (river), a river of Sicily, southern Italy
  • Alcantara (material) is covering material manufactured by Alcantara SpA, Italy
  • Alcantara (plant) is a genus of plants in the family Asteraceae.
  • Paulino Alcántara, a footballer for FC Barcelona

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