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Venice, Ponte della constituzione

by gk Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 10:24:18 AM EST

The "Ponte della constituzione", designed by Calatrava, the first bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice to be built during (most of our) lifetimes, opened near midnight on Sep 11, without much publicity. There was going to be an official opening on Sep 18 with Napolitano, but this was cancelled after it became clear that there would be protests by the disabled and other groups. (In the U.S. they would have restricted them to a "Free Speech Zone" on the Tronchetto, but they don't do things like that in Italy yet).

The bridge goes from the train station to Piazzale Roma. Here's the approach from the train station

and here's the arrival at beautiful Piazzale Rome

A few more views of the bridge

and a view of Venice from the bridge

There is a law requiring that projects like this provide handicapped access. As you can see, this hasn't happened yet...

only temporary... So was the Accademia bridge, but it's been around for a few years more than McCain...

Most of you are unlikely to have heard the name yet. Until a few weeks ago, it was referred to either as the fourth bridge, or the Calatrava bridge. As the opening got near, the city council realised that they had to come up with a name. The original idea, "Ponte della Zirada" was rejected. Maybe they were afraid that this would draw attention to the neglected state of S. Andrea della Zirada, just off Piazzale Rome.

This is pretty much the only view of the church you can get. I tried to show the parking garages next to it, but it wasn't possible. In any case, even slums in Venice tend to look picturesque. In the end, the bridge was named after the Constitution. A protest group already put up a sad-looking memorial to the constitution:

Is one allowed to do a Venice diary without a picture of a gondola? Here's one.


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All previous Bridge Blogging (by PeWi, unless indicated otherwise):

2008-09-21 by gk: Venice, Ponte della constituzione
2008-09-13 by DoDo: Open Day on Colbert Bridge
2008-05-17 by Jerome a Paris: Der Garten Der Zwei Ufer (Strasbourg-Kehl pedestrian bridge)
2008-02-10 by DoDo: Stephen Colbert Bridge
2008-01-11: Bridges to Nowhere (and baby announcement)
2007-06-27 by Helen: Lost in France : Sails of the Massif (Millau bridge)
2007-03-29: Über sieben Brücken musst du gehn (bridges in Scotland)
2007-03-19 by canberra boy: Sydney Harbour Bridge 75th anniversary
2006-02-10: Kashmir earthquake aftermath
2006-01-27 by Jerome a Paris: Viaducto 1 - Why bridges matter
2005-12-28 by Jerome a Paris: Thomas Viaduct (by Jerome a Paris)
2005-12-01 by DoDo: Calatrava's Twisted Mind
2005-11-03: Wobbly (London Millenium Bridge)
2005-10-27: Parallel lines (bridge poems)
2005-10-19: Galloping Gertie
2005-10-13: animal bridges
2005-10-06: Remagen
2005-09-29: Transporter bridge in Middlesbrough
2005-09-22: Lyonel Feininger edition
2005-09-15: Activities on Brooklyn Bridge
2005-09-08: Bridge of Alcántara
2005-09-01: Tyne Swing Bridge
2005-08-25: Müngstener Brücke
2005-08-18: Mostar Bridge

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 03:45:20 PM EST
thanks for the diary, gk! I don't know what to make of this bridge, yet! Maybe I have to go back to visit Venice, to dedide if I like it or not. :-)
by Fran on Tue Sep 23rd, 2008 at 11:32:19 AM EST
I guess you do...

I'm not sure I like it myself yet. But it's definitely an improvement over Piazzale Roma (anything would be).

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 23rd, 2008 at 02:07:19 PM EST
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