The Castelvecchio Bridge (Italian: Ponte di Castelvecchio) or Scaliger
Bridge (Italian: Ponte Scaligero) is a fortified bridge in Verona over
the Adige River. The segmental arch bridge featured the world's
largest span at the time of its construction (48.70 m).
It was built (most likely in 1354-1356) by Cangrande II della Scala, to grant him a safe way of escape from the annexed eponymous castle in the event of a rebellion of the population against his tyrannic rule. The solidity of the construction allowed it to resist untouched until, in the late 18th century, the French troops destroyed the tower on the left bank (although it probably dated from the occupation of Verona by the Visconti or the Republic of Venice).
The bridge was however totally destroyed, along with the Ponte Pietra, by the retreating German troops on April 24, 1945. A faithful reconstruction begun in 1949 and was finished in 1951, with the exception of the left tower.
The bridge is in red bricks in the upper part, as all landmarks in
Verona from the Scaliger era, and in white marble in the lower one. It
includes three spans of decreasing length starting from pentagonal
towers. The largest span, measuring 48.70 m, meant that the bridge
featured at the time of its construction the world's largest bridge
arch (the others measure 29.15 and 24.11 meters). The two pylons are
12.10 x 19.40 and 6.30 x 17.30 meters respectively.
The bridge has a total length of 120 m.
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