"Rialto Bridge" Rialto Bridge Tip by smirnofforiginal
Rialto Bridge, Venice: 174 reviews and 301 photos
Once upon a time there was a pontoon bridge (built 1181) to take you from one side of the Grand Canal to the other. Then came the wooden Bridge (1250) - in much needed demand due to the success of the Rialto Market. It had a "moveable" middle to allow tall ship to pass through. In the 15th century shops were added along the bridge bringin in more revenue for the State. Everyone was happy.
Disaster struck in 1310 when the bridge was severely damaged by fire caused by a revolt.
Disaster struck a second time when, in 1444, during a boating festival, the bridge collapsed due to the number of people/ weight on it. That wasn't the end - in 1524 it collapsed yet again!
In 1504 there had been the idea of rebuilding the wooden bridge using stone but it wasn't until 1551 that this turned from an idea into a plan and project. The bridge was complted in 1591 and this is the bridge that still stand proud today.
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