God`s Bridge – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Thematic Route: The Cultural Heritage Route

Name of the Touristic Attraction: God`s Bridge

Location: It is located in Ponoare commune in Mehedinţi County, 6 km from Baia de Aramă. It is the only natural road in Romania.

Description: It is one of the few natural forms of its kind in the world. There are only three natural bridges in the world: one in the US, one in France and this one in the Romania. The God’s Bridge has a length of 30 meters, a height of 13 meters, a width of 22 meters and an opening of 9 meters. Being the largest natural bridge in Romania and the second largest in Europe, the God`s Bridge was formed following the collapse of a wall of the Ponoare`s Cave.

Legend/ Story/ Impressions/ Recommendations: There are several legends about these places. One of them reports that the Devil was living here and people prayed to God to get rid of him. Listening to their prayers, God struck his palm in the ceiling of the cave that collapsed blocking the entrance. But the Devil escaped, running on a rock that nowadays bears his name. Another legend says that the bridge would have been built by God, especially for St. Nicodemus to pass to Tismana.

Information and Contact:

The bridge is located in the administrative territory of Ponoarele commune:

City Hall:

phone: +40252 381 512

website: www.ponoarele.ro

e-mail: primaria@ponoarele.ro

Route close to other thematic routes:

In the commune you can also visit:

– The Liliac Forest

– The Ponoarele cave

– The Clints Fields

– The Church under Stei

– The Great Zaton Lake

– St. Nicholas Church, Ponoarele

– The Holy Algels Church of Proiteşti, Ponoarele

In the area you can also visit:

– The Băluța Keys

– The Bulba Cave

Other useful information:

Accommodation:

Conacul Boierului: tel: +40740 057390

Maria Elena GuestHouse: tel: +4 0752 112 711

Events:

– In July, there is the “Ponoare, Ponoare” Festival

– In May, is organized the Lilac Feast.

GPS Coordinates: lat, long: 44.9753125, 22.76130480000006, elevation: 354 m