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The Romans employed the arch in the construction of their bridges to span the Tiber River, approximately 100 m wide.  The actual arches were composed of voussoir blocks typically faced in ashlar blocks (tuff, travertine) with a concrete rubble core.

The oldest bridge of Rome was the  Pons Sublicius, constructed of wood (7C BC), downstream from the Tiber Island.   The oldest extant bridge is the Pons Fabricius (62 BC), still in use, connecting the Tiber Island to the Campus Martius.  

Other Roman bridges that still exist, although largely reconstructed through the ages, are the Pons Cestius, Pons Aelius (Ponte degli Angeli) and Pons Milvius.  

The remains of some of the piers of the Pons Neronianus are visible in the water by the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele.  The single arch of the Pons Aurelius (Ponte Rotto) is visible by the modern Ponte Palatino.

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