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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    A covered wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss River. Named after the nearby St. Peter’s Chapel, the bridge is unique since it contains a number of interior paintings (some by Hans Heinrich Wägmann) dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with most of the centuries old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently restored, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge. L…

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    1910-01-01
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    G. Massiot & cie
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    Lucerne is unique in the fact that its three wooden pedestrian bridges, the 14th century Hofbrücke (now destroyed) and Kapellbrücke and the Spreuerbrücke, all featured painted interior triangular frames. The Spreuerbrücke (1407), now the oldest intact bridge (after the 1993 fire on the Kapellbrücke), is roofed and decorated with some 56 paintings, scenes from the Dance of Death, by Kaspar Meglinger dating from 1626-1635. It has a small chapel at midpoint, added in 1568. Originally, it connect…

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    G. Massiot & cie
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    Bridge over the Tiber in northern Rome. It was an economically and strategically important bridge in the era of the Roman Empire and was the site of the famous Battle of Milvian Bridge (between the Roman Emperors Constantine I and Maxentius in 312). A bridge stood on the site in 206 BCE. In 115 BCE, consul Marcus Aemilius Scaurus built a new bridge made of stone in the same position, demolishing the old one. Soon after the election in 1800 of Pius VII, Valadier was put in charge of works on t…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as the Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Rome, initially commissioned (and actually designed) by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. Originally the mausoleum was a decorated cylinder, with a garden top and golden quadriga. Hadrian’s ashes were placed here a year after his death in Baiae in 138. Following this, the r…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    In 1535, Pope Clement VII allocated the toll income of the bridge to erecting the statues of the apostles saint Peter and Saint Paul.

    The famous Ponte Sant'Angelo (pedestrians only), the ancient Pons Aelius or Pons Adrianus, was built by Emperor Hadrian in 134 AD as a fitting approach from the Campus Martius to his mausoleum, known since the Middle Ages as the Castel Sant'Angelo. Although the Roman bridge was decorated with statues, it was transformed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini when he …

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The oldest stone bridge in Rome, the Pons Aemilius was begun in 179 BCE and completed in 142 BCE. It stood almost intact until 1598, when floods swept away two supporting piers and three of the arches. Two remaining arches were dismantled in 1885, leaving only a single arch standing in mid-river.

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The center three spans are original Roman.

    The famous Ponte Sant'Angelo (pedestrians only), the ancient Pons Aelius or Pons Adrianus, was built by Emperor Hadrian in 134 AD as a fitting approach from the Campus Martius to his mausoleum, known since the Middle Ages as the Castel Sant'Angelo. Although the Roman bridge was decorated with statues, it was transformed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini when he designed the ten statues on the balustrade of angels holding the symbols of the Passion. Th…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    A 6th century Romanesque bridge. The name comes from the name of a Augustinian convent and church of Saint Michele (both now destroyed) which were nearby. The bridge shows Venetian influence. It is still in use as a pedestrian bridge only. [Italian version of Wikipedia.]

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    A fortified bridge over the Adige River. The segmental arch bridge featured the world’s largest span at the time of its construction (48.70 m). The della Scala (Scaligeri) family developed Verona as a military stronghold with the construction of several fortresses, such as Castelvecchio (1354-1376), as well as several bridges. The Ponte di Castelvecchio was for their own exclusive use, and was a means to cross the river from the fortress. It was built (most likely in 1354-1356) by Cangran…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The Rialto Bridge is one of the three bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal and probably the most famous in the city. 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 s…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Religious confraternities, formed in the 13th century and dedicated to a patron saint, the scuole met for church services, for the funerals of their members and for their yearly banquets. There were six “grand”, large confraternities. The Scuola di S Marco, named after Venice’s patron saint, was given an upper limit of 600 brothers; the others were allowed to enroll 550 members. Originally built in 1260, it burned and was rebuilt starting 1485. The lower half of the facade is by…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    This corridor leads over the Bridge of Sighs, which was built in 1614 to link the Doge’s Palace to the structure intended to house the New Prisons. Enclosed and covered on all sides, the bridge contains two separate corridors that run next to each other. That which modern-day visitors use linked the Prisons to the chambers of the Magistrato alle Leggi and the Quarantia Criminal [Criminal Appeal Court] on the piano nobile of the Palace.

    “The Doge’s Palace, Venice, has façades whi…

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