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Happy birthday Tiberius Bridge, 1998 year ago....

Bridge of Tiberius (Italian: Ponte di Tiberio) is a Roman bridge in Rimini, Italy, an impressive work of architecture and it's one of the best preserved bridges from the Roman period. The bridge features five semicircular arches with an average span length of ca. 8 m. Construction work started during Augustus' reign and was finished under his successor Tiberius in 20 AD; an inscription thus calls the structure as "given by both emperors".
The bridge was the only crossing of the Marecchia not destroyed by the retreating German army during the Battle of Rimini and is said to have resisted all attempts at destruction, including the ignition failure of explosive charges.
The bridge is still open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic, with the exception of heavy goods vehicles.
Tiberius Bridge became a national monument in 1885.
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