It was then built in wood resting on stilts. However, on June 15th
, 1310, Bajamonte Tiepolo and other conspirators of a failed coup d’état, broke the bridge to stop the Doge’s pursuing troops. It was then rebuilt as it was, but in 1444, during a visit by the Marquess of Ferrara, the bridge collapsed under the weight of the crowd who had gathered to see the parade along the Grand Canal
century a public competition was set to rebuild the bridge in stone; Sansovino, Palladio and other famous architects proposed classical projects with several arches
. But the task went to the Venetian Antonio da Ponte
, the only one to propose a single arch, and indeed he built it as we see it today.
By unifying the two parts of the city on either side of the Grand Canal in a single arch movement, the Rialto Bridge has become the symbol of Venice’s unity and uniqueness.
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