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Rialto Bridge

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By
Brian Thompson & Bailey Craddock Ponte de Rialto Bridge
Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venice, Italy Our Thoughts We chose this structure because we were curious about the history of an Italian bridge, and liked the appearence of the bridge.

If we had to redesign the Rialto, we would change the roof to cover the entire bridge, instead of leaving the gap in the middle.
estimated population of 60,813,326. 

Located in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula

One of the most popular tourist cites in Europe

Prime Minister- Mario Monti

Government- Constitutional Republic

Home to the Roman Coliseum, and Leaning Tower of Pisa

Shaped like a boot About Italy Antonio da Ponte
1512-1595

Architect of the rebuilding of the Ducal Palace that was badly damaged by fire in 1574

Design was selected in a contest held by the local authorities under Doge of Venice Pasquale Cicogna. Though Da Ponte was relatively unknown , the design for the Venice landmark defeated submissions by noted architects of the time (Michelangelo,)

Also designed the Piombi prison in the Doge’s Palace in Venice The third bridge became rundown and decided to make a bridge that had the potential to last significantly longer.

A permanent replacement for the pontoon bridge and three wooden bridges that had spanned the Grand Canal at various times since the 12th Century.

Today, it functions as a pedestrian bridge
It remained the only way to cross the Grand Canal on foot until the Academia Bridge was built in 1854.

Serves as the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo. Why it Was Built One of the most visited and photographed landmarks in Venice.
"Anthony of the Bridge” is the English translation for architect Antonio da Ponte. Fun Facts Dimensions and Materials Constructed in 1588-1591
The bridge’s structure is made of an arch
Formed by two inclined ramps covered by a portico with shops on both sides.

The foundation on the new bridge had much more weight on it than the original; caused skepticism as to how long it would last (Vincenzo Scamozzi predicted it would go to ruin).  

Galley ships pass under the bridge, and the bridge's arch is higher than many other bridges.

The long construction time drew a lot of criticism from the many merchants in the area who had no other option than to transport everything by boat.

Includes three walkways Construction Construction Height: 24ft

Width: 75.1ft

Span (from end to end) - 94.5ft

Mainly consists of steps

Stone and Brick

Wooden pilings helped
to support the bridge
(under the arch) Architects Antonio di Bernardino Contino
1566-1600
Assisted Antonio da Ponte in the making of the Ponte di Rialto Bridge.
He also worked on the Bridge of Sighs or the Ponte dei Sospiri (completed in 1600, still in use, and serves as a pedestrian arch bridge) The 1st Rialto Bridge was built in 1181 on the eastern bank of the grand canal (made of only floating pontoons)

Since the Market in the Rialto was so popular, footsteps wore down the pontoons.

In response, a wooden bridge was used as a replacement around 1264

Due to the revolution in 1310 the bridge was burned

The wooden bridge was built again but collapsed in 1444 and fell under due to the weight as people were watching the parade of boats that passed by during the wedding of the marquis Ferrara.

It was rebuilt again in 1524 into a wooden drawbridge

1st Rialto Architect/Builder: Nicolò Barattieri made the three columns in the Piazzetta dei Leoncini and first step on the grand canal of VeniceDesigned the original Rialto Bridge in 1181 History of the Rialto
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