Also marked on the map above (highlighted in yellow), is the Septimius Severus Karasu Bridge, which I will be writing about in my next post. Back to the Goksu Bridge, about eight kilometers north of the bridge you can see Sesonk. Sesonk is a spectacularly located tumulus at the top of a mountain, which I will also write about in a future post.
During his reign, Roman Emperor Septimius Severus ordered the construction of many bridges throughout the Eastern Roman Empire, including the Cendere Bridge, the Karasu Bridge, and the Goksu Bridge, which was erected between 193-211 CE. Bridge sketch by Galliazo.
"The former bridge crossed the river, not at a right angle but from roughly southwest to northeast. The difference of alignment made for a more shallow angle at the bend. The northwards-descending part of the ramp on the east side was aligned a little east of the present one. The westerly piers were on the same spot, whereas the former easterly pier was necessarily north of the present one.""1. West pier, north and south faces, at the western end. 2. North of the present east pier, stepped seats for the old pier in the rock. 3. East arm of the carriageway. The old western face of this arm, beneath the former arch and a little further north, have been incorporated into the present ramp. But since the former ramp was aligned a little east of the present one, the former south west corner is left projecting."