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December 28, 2010
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/32 second
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28 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 31, 2010, 4:56:41 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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Bridge Across Forever HDR by ISIK5 Bridge Across Forever HDR by ISIK5
Venice Italy, November 2010 HDR

The Rialto Bridge (Italian: Ponte di Rialto) is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal.

The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicoḷ Barattieri. It was called the Ponte della Moneta, presumably because of the mint that stood near its eastern entrance.[2]

The development and importance of the Rialto market on the eastern bank increased traffic on the floating bridge, so it was replaced in 1255 by a wooden bridge.[2] This structure had two inclined ramps meeting at a movable central section, that could be raised to allow the passage of tall ships. The connection with the market eventually led to a change of name for the bridge. During the first half of the 15th century two rows of shops were built along the sides of the bridge. The rents brought an income to the State Treasury, which helped maintain the bridge.
Maintenance was vital for the timber bridge. It was partly burnt in the revolt led by Bajamonte Tiepolo in 1310. In 1444 it collapsed under the weight of a crowd watching a boat parade and it collapsed again in 1524.
The idea of rebuilding the bridge in stone was first proposed in 1503. Several projects were considered over the following decades. In 1551 the authorities requested proposals for the renewal of the Rialto Bridge, among other things. Plans were offered by famous architects such as Jacopo Sansovino, Palladio and Vignola, but all involved a Classical approach with several arches, which was judged inappropriate to the situation. Even the great Michelangelo was considered as designer of the bridge.
The present stone bridge, a single span designed by Antonio da Ponte, was finally completed in 1591. It is remarkably similar to the wooden bridge it succeeded. Two inclined ramps lead up to a central portico. On either side of the portico the covered ramps carry rows of shops. The engineering of the bridge was considered so audacious that architect Vincenzo Scamozzi predicted future ruin. The bridge has defied its critics to become one of the architectural icons of Venice.
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honeyjaneflv Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Very good work! 
loverofbeauty Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Cool shot. You know, I read that when it was first published, a copy of Marco Polo's Travels was actually chained to this bridge for anyone passing by to read.
Amethyst-Archer Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Wow. Gorgeous!
Ed-weirdo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Bravo! A technically brillant image with superb composition! May I ask what HDR software you used? Any other post-processing? [link]
ISIK5 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Photomatix Pro+ Photoshop
NeroBlade Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this looks so awesome:woohoo::clap:
ISIK5 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hellslord Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Wow, you described the history so perfectly!! :)
It's difficult to hear foreign people talking about Bajamonte Tiepolo... It is part of the ancient venetian history!! :)

Just one thing: Ponte della Moneta is translated as "Bridge of the coin" and "mint" is "menta"... I don't know where you have found all these nice infos, I honestly didn't know anything about this! But since Rialto has always been the market place across the centuries, I think that "moneta" fits better with "coin"...

Last but not least: Great shot!!! :)
ISIK5 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Actually this info is from Wikipedia :D
hellslord Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
I understand...
But well, I'm an italian native speaker and I am venetian... So I think that the origin of the word could be coin and not mint... But I have no prove of it! :)

Great shot, again! :)
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