Completed in 1591 C.E., Venice’s Rialto Bridge is its oldest and most famous. For centuries this famed bridge was the only passage across the waters of Grand Canal by foot. This stunning stone bridge was erected to replace a former wooden bridge that was deemed unsafe (and probably not as eye-pleasing). The honour of the design went to Antonio de Ponte, whose two inclined ramp design for the crossing was thought by many as bold and brazen. One famed engineer was convinced it would not survive. de Ponte’s bridge has proven the naysayers very wrong.
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