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Ponte de Lima is in the north of Portugal.
The town is named after the bridge which crosses the River Lima into the town. This historical bridge has 24 arches of which four, on the south bank, are the original roman construction znd was originally built by the Romans, probably around the 1st century.
It has been an important crossing since Roman times on the military road from Bracara Augusta (present-day Braga) to Asturica Augusta (present-day Astorga). The bridge then served as the only safe crossing over the river Lima in its entire length, until the late Middle Ages.
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Legend has it that when the Roman legions first approached the river here, the soldiers refused to cross it because they believed it was the mythical River Lethes, the river of oblivion.
It was only after one of their centurions crossed first and called each of them by name that they dared to enter the river.

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