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IMMOVABLE CULTURAL MONUMENTS DATA BASE
Name: Pontes
Municipality: Kladovo
Location (place, town, city): Kostol
Institute: Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia
Regional institute: Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Niš
CR No.: AS 44
Date of inscription in the CR: 20.12.1983
Category: NCM of outstanding value
Type: Archaeological sites
Year/period of construction: 103 - 105 year

Remains of the Trajan’s bridge and the Pontes camp are located near village of Kostol, 5km downstream from Kladovo (east Serbia). The bridge was built between 103-105 A.D. by a Syrian architect Apollodorus of Damascus. The bridge with portals was 1,133.9m in length and the section over the river was 1,071m. The remains on the river bank consist of four masonry pillars connected spanned arches. There used to be 20 columns from the river bed.
At the same time, as bridge defence, auxiliary camps were built, Pontes on the right and Drobeta on the left (Romania) river bank. The Pontes camp, of almost a square ground plan, was downstream from the bridge and by 6th century it maintained its function as a defence line at the section of the Roman limes.
In 1979 protective archaeological excavations and conservation works started. The remains of the first four pillars have been protected from flooding.