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Under the bridge over the Gauja River in Sigulda, Latvia

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This is one of the most impressive bridges in Latvia. It was opened in 1937, but already in 1941 during military operations it was destroyed. In late 40s restoration works were started and in 1999 reconstruction works were performed.

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