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, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo, and it is one of the most famous bridges of the world, since it is a symbol of Venice.
The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181. It was replaced in 1255 by a wooden bridge. During the first half of the 15th century, two rows of shops were built along the sides of the bridge. 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, and the present stone bridge, a single span designed by Antonio da Ponte, was finally completed in 1591.
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