On the way to the Euphrates

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Yesterday’s post (see here) offered a brief introduction to the Cendere Bridge (also known as the Septimius Severus Bridge) located in SE Turkey. It measures more than a football field in length (120 meters) and is a marvel of engineering from Roman period.

While a modern bridge has replaced it as a primary route over the Cendere Stream, light wheeled traffic still traverses it daily.

A gorge cut into the foot of the Taurus Mountains is visible behind the bridge. This incision is the work of the Cendere (or Bölam Su) which drains the highlands, flows under the bridge and continues south to the Euphrates River.

A Roman dedicatory inscription on the bridge identifies the stream by its ancient name, the Chabina.


A last minute trip of Bible Land Explorers is coming together. Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Galilee are in the mix. Dates are May 25 through June 4, 2019. Late fees have been waived for a short time. Inclusive price out of Washington Dulles is $3,963. Other departure cities are possible. Write me at markziese@gmail.com to request more information or see here for other upcoming travel opportunities.