Tiberio's Bridge, Rimini

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  • Ponte di Tiberio seen from a bit away.
    Ponte di Tiberio seen from a bit away.
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  • Imagine this bridge is 2000 years old!?
    Imagine this bridge is 2000 years old!?
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  • Ponte di Tiberio seen from the side.
    Ponte di Tiberio seen from the side.
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    Famous roman bridge

    by Henrik_rrb Written Sep 25, 2011

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    Imagine this bridge is 2000 years old!?
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    In the year 14 A.D the Emperor Augustus, of the Roman Empire, gave the order that there should be a bridge over the River Marecchia which would made sure that the Via Emilia could continue as planned. The Via was one of the Empires five most important roads.
    Seven years later, while the Empire was ruled by Tiberio, the bridge was finished, and the incredible thing is that it's still there today.

    The river Marecchia doesn't exist anymore, as it's been re-routed, and today the Ponte di Tiberio is just leading the cars and the walking people from the central parts of Rimini to San Giuliano. There is still water under the bridge, but it's just the marina of Rimini.

    In 1885 the bridge became a national monument, although it's hard to believe today when drivers are taking their cars are over the bridge in a crazy pace, not thinking for a second that the bridge actually is over 2000 years old.

    While walking on the bridge you don't really feel it, but try to get down on the walking path next to the water and watch it from a bit away, and you'll both feel and see the historical touch.

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    harbour

    by xaver Updated Sep 7, 2010

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    touristic harbour

    Tiberio's bridge crosses the touristic harbour in Rimini, this is a very nice area, that, awfully you cannoy enjoy enough as it is also an important crossroad, always full of cars that hardly allow you to stop and look around.
    The Harbour is mainly touristic one or for small fishing boats but it's worth to have a walk along it untill you reach the seaside.

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    Tiberio's bridge

    by xaver Updated Sep 7, 2010

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    Tiberio's bridge

    The bridge terminated in 21 dc, still connects the city centre to the suburb San Giuliano, from where the main roads to the north Italy leave.Imperor Augustus ordered this building but it was finished with Tiberius.
    This is one of the most important Roman bridges still operating.

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    Tiberio's Bridge

    by Airpunk Written Oct 27, 2006

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    Tiberio's bridge

    Tiberio's bridge connects the Corso d'Augusto, the old town's main street, with San Giuliano in the northwest. It was built over the Marecchia river and finished in the year 21 A.D. The work began under emperor Augustus in the year 14, but finished under his successor Tiberius, hence the name. five arches of Istria stone are the main structure of this bridge which is still in use. Once, it was part of the Via Emilia which was one of the main streets in the Roman Empire.

    Tiberio's bridge is not leading anymore over the river Marecchia as this was rerouted. The original end of the Marecchia became the marina of Rimini and to the southwest of the bridge, you will find a kind of lake as well as a small park and some swampy land. In 1885, the bridge became a national monument.

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    Ponte di Tiberio

    by PetraG Written Apr 13, 2006

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    The brige connects the end of Corso Augusto (Old Rimini's main road) with the village of San Giuliano. San Giuliano is a medieval village which has numerous frescos with interesting murals of the life and works of Federico Fellini.

    The bridge was built over the River Marecchia ordered by Emperor Augustus. It's actual construction took place under his successor Tiberius (14-21 AD).

    It's an impressive work of architecture and it's one of the best preserved bridges from the Roman period.

    It was built entirely with stone from Istri. The bridge has five arches and is in doric style. It represents a splendid example of the technical expertise of the Romans; they built the bridge without separating the foundations of the individual pillars thus creating a unique structure that is still being used to this day.

    Tiberius' Bridge became a national monument in 1885.

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    Tiberio's bridge

    by AlexDJ Written Feb 11, 2006

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    The bridge links the end of Corso d'Augusto (Old Rimini's main road) with the old village of San Giuliano. The bridge is a national monument and it is located over the River Marecchia, built by the romans on order by Emperor Augustus.
    It is a fine example of the Romans? ability to combine functionality and beauty, if you think for example, that other newer bridges over the river (Ponte dei Mille and Ponte della Resistenza) have had to be strengthened during their life despite being more recent!

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    Ponte di Tiberio

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 16, 2005

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    This amazing Roman bridge still carries traffic over water today even though it is 2000 years old. An inscription on large stones mid-way across the bridge state that work on the bridge over the Marecchia River, then known as Ariminus, began under the Emperor Augustus in 14 A.D. and was completed under Tiberius in 21 A.D. The bridge still connects the city centre to Borgo San Giuliano and leads to the roads Via Emilia and Via Popilia that lead north.

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    Walking along Ponte di Tiberio

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    Tiberio's ancient stones

    Come on, seeing the Tiberius Bridge from aside is not the same as actually walking along it! Ain't these stones and ancient inscriptions great? Wow, I touched the 2,000 years of history when I run my hand over the stones! You may say it's silly but it was actually a thrill :-)

    I find this structure quite amazing, not only did it survive till today but it's still used and for quite heavy traffic! I had to wait for several minutes to take this picture and make sure there's no passing car in the view!

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    The ancient Tiberius Bridge

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    Impressive side view of the bridge

    Ponte di Tiberio over the touristic harbour (Porto Canale) connects the historic centre with the San Giuliano quarter. It's amazing that it's survived till today!

    Made of Istrian limestone, it was begun by Augustus but finished by Tiberius in 21 A.D. and markes the beginning of the ancient Aemilian Way (Via Emilia). It's been a national monument since 1885 for it is one of the most remarkable Roman bridges still in existence and in use! Apparently the foundations of its pillars are not disjoint from each other but form a single foundation thus giving more stability. Weren't the Romans techy to design this so that we can enjoy the bridge after 2,000 years?!

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    Roman military base

    by Maggies Updated Sep 15, 2002

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    Rimini was founded as a Roman military base in the third century BC Rimini's old town features an AUGUSTIAN ARCH and the stone TIBERIUS BRIDGE - two of Italy's oldest Roman monuments.

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