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Ponte de Rialto, Venice

Ponte de Rialto is one of the architectural icons of Venice. It spans the Grand Canal. Construction began in 1588 to replace a timber bridge that had been partially burned in a revolt. The wooden bridge finally collapsed in 1524 under the weight of a crowd watching a boat parade. The current stone bridge closely resembles the old wooden one. It was designed by Antonio da Ponte.

 

This photo was taken from the water bus which is the best way to get around Venice.

Texture by Darkwood (crosslight by darkwood) (Explore May 28th, #137)

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Taken on May 11, 2011