This Is the Oldest Bridge in the World

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5. Ponte di Tiberio
> When built: 20 AD
> Location: Rimini, Italy
> Who built it: Roman empire
> Length: 30 feet

The bridge in Rimini, Italy, a city located on the Adriatic Sea, was built during the reign of emperors Augustus and Tiberius (after whom the bridge was named) and completed in 20 AD. Despite the passage of time, warfare, and the forces of nature, the bridge remains pretty unchanged since the Roman era. A visitor can still read the original inscriptions to Augustus and Tiberius on the white stone. One factor that won’t erode the bridge is the river. The river Marecchia was diverted away from the bridge in the 20th century.

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4. Pons Fabricius
> When built: 62 BC
> Location: Rome, Italy
> Who built it: Roman empire
> Length: 203 feet

The Pons Fabricius, also called the Ponte dei Quattro Capi (Four Heads), is the oldest existing Roman bridge in its original state. It was built in 62 B.C. and succeeded an earlier wooden bridge that had burned down. The bridge is named after Lucius Fabricius, the curator of Roman roads. After a flood about 40 years after the bridge’s construction, the Romans made some adjustments to it. One of the adjustments might have been the addition of a small arch on the bridge that relieves pressure from the rising waters on the Tiber River. This might explain the bridge’s longevity.

3. Caravan Bridge
> When built: 850 BC
> Location: Izmir, Turkey
> Who built it: Roman empire
> Length: 902 feet

Many sources, including the Guinness Book of World Records, say the Caravan Bridge over the river Meles is the oldest datable bridge still in use. The Caravan Bridge is an arched stone slab bridge and was built sometime around 850 B.C. in Izmir, Turkey, which is a city on the Aegean Sea. The span operated as an entry point into the city of Izmir, known in antiquity as Smyrna. The river Meles is also known as the birthplace of the Greek author Homer and the river and the bridge were mentioned in his works.

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2. The Tarr Steps
> When built: 1000 BC
> Location: Exmoor National Park in Somerset, England
> Who built it: Unknown
> Length: 180 feet

The Tarr Steps are an ancient clapper bridge — a span made completely of rocks resting on top of each other — located across the River Barle in Exmoor National Park in Somerset, England. No one knows for certain when it was built, with some speculating the bridge might have been constructed as early as 1000 BC. Local legend claims the Devil himself built the bridge so he could sun himself on the river. Tarr Steps has remained mostly intact through the ages. But the local folks aren’t taking any chances. They’ve numbered all the stones so they can be recovered and put back in place after flooding.

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1. Arkadiko Bridge
> When built: c.1300 — 1190 BC
> Location: Argolis, Greece
> Who built it: Mycenaean Greeks
> Length: 72 feet

Even if something is ancient it can still be useful. The Mycenaean Bridge at Kazarma was built more than 3,000 years ago during the Bronze Age and is still used by modern Greeks. The arch bridge is an impressive feat of engineering, as it doesn’t use any binding agent to hold itself together. It was also built with curbs, presumably to keep speeding chariots from falling off. Also, the bridge was wider than the roads of the time to accommodate chariots.

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