Newport Arch in Lincoln, England

Every day, modern commuters drive beneath this nearly 2,000-year-old Roman archway. They pass through a portal believed to be the oldest arch still used by traffic in the United Kingdom.

Originally, the opening allowed Ermine Street, a Roman Road, to pass into what was then the town of Lindum Colonia. It was built to mark the establishment of the "colonia," a self-governing settlement for retired legionaries in the third century.

Their wall encased the city, though now little more remains...

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