Viaducto de Segovia crosses Calle de Segovia and is a part of Calle Bailen.
The original wood and iron viaduct was constructed in 1874 in order to create a major thoroughfare that linked the Royal Palace and the Basilica San Francisco el Grande. It was rebuilt in concrete in 1934 by Ferrero, Aracil and Aldaz. In 1942, after the Spanish Civil War, the viaduct was once again rebuilt due to its terrible state of deterioration.
According to Madrid occult stories, suicides began showing up in the newspapers shortly after the construction of this viaduct. Authorities tried to prevent this rash of suicides by putting up a mesh so that people couldn't jump, but unfortunately, despite their best efforts, people still found ways to do themselves in. There are legends of ghosts wandering around and some say these tragic souls can still be heard wailing and crying.
To this day, suicides and accidents continue to haunt this bridge. Some deaths are due to recklessness, others because of drunkenness, and yet others jump willing, unable to assuage the great darkness that consumes their soul.
All photography by Shehani Kay