The Rialto Bridge is a bridge spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal and probably the most famous in the city.
The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicolò Barattieri. It was called the Ponte della Moneta, presumably because of the mint that stood near its eastern entrance.
The development and importance of the Rialto market on the eastern bank increased traffic on the floating bridge. So it was replaced around 1250 by a wooden bridge. This structure had two inclined ramps meeting at a movable central section, which 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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Ola_Kwiatek (0) 2010-01-27 1:13
Amazing Rialto Bridge. Famous and legendary place. Superb night shot. Excellent gondola. Dynamic effect. Good work.
rikko77 (10861) 2010-01-27 1:16
there's a good atmosphere in this pic, thanx to the blue hour light very well managed. The long exposure, with the blurred gondolas, adds much to the composition. Well done!
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-01-27 1:37
Really very nice your architecture photos this one is very sharp and very well composed.The lighting is fantastic.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-01-27 1:40
Viendo tu foto, he recordado que debo volver a Venecia.
Fantástico encuadre del puente de Rialto.
Maravillosos colores en la hora azul.
Muy buena gestión de la luz.
lousat (96787) 2010-01-27 1:44
Hi Aires,very nice choice of point of view to take one of the best Venice's corners..and the moment too whit these beautifuls lights is fanatstic! Excellent composition,sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
papagolf21 (108117) 2010-01-27 1:47
Bonjour, mon ami Aires,
Le charme de Venise opère toujours autant ! Le moment de la prise de vue est excellente pour donner à l'ensemble un effet de peinture saisissant !
La beauté est au rendez-vous.
ktanska (29017) 2010-01-27 1:53
Beautiful blue hour shot of the famous bridge and beautiful buildings around it. Nice sharpness on the water reflections even on such a long exposure.
francio64 (39888) 2010-01-27 3:38
bella blue hour sul Canal Grande di Venezia con la vista del bel Ponte di Rialto e le prime luci della sera.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-01-27 5:28
Oi amigo ,
Já tive ali em cima desta ponte magnifica , mas foi aqui que comi o meu pior arroz da vida e caro :), os reflexos coloridos na agua ficaram magníficos , bonitos detalhes de arquitectura , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
mkamionka (39803) 2010-01-27 5:29
I took an almost identical picture about 7 years ago but not with the digital camera. I had a slightly different POV, there was a restaurant in the right side so I went there. Also I did it at the dark night because I did not here about the blue hour yet. Your twilight shot is beautiful. I like especially the colorful reflections in the water which turn your photo almost into an impressionist painting.
Amaz (11475) 2010-01-27 6:21
Belíssima captura, amigo Aires!!
Pefeito POV e ótimas cores!
Bonitas luzes e sombras!!
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2010-01-27 6:56
Una muy bonita exposición y, por tanto, foto. El detalle de la góndola está muy logrado.
lucasgalodoido (23649) 2010-01-27 8:49
realmente uma captura muito bonita mesmo de Veneza, em um horário muito bom, onde a iluminação da cidade começa a se destacar. Bela foto.
Parabéns e Abraço
carper (96) 2010-01-27 8:52
very nice Aires,
what can I say, I like the ghost boat here, nice effect and the sharpness of this famous bridge is very good, fine colors, well composed shot, Have a very good evening.
chpp (4283) 2010-01-27 10:25
bellissimo rialto!, I still remember my 10 euros glass of coke in a pizzeria by the canal :)
very nice shot! perfect exposure and magnific colours
you've got good sharpness and nice POV
jasmis (58447) 2010-01-27 11:21
Amazing presentation of this famous brudge. Fine night colours.
Regards my dear friend.
xuaxo (6854) 2010-01-27 13:51
De repente, na miniatura, pensei que fosse mais uma foto de Aveiro. Afinal é na "Aveiro Italiana", com a mais famosa ponte de Veneza. Bonita luz e belo enquadramento.
gilou530 (34) 2010-01-27 14:39
ah ce pont rialto que j'aurai aimé le prendre a l'heure bleue, une belle vue mais dommage pour ce piquet au milieu de la vue
ciakgiak (30433) 2010-01-27 14:55
bellissima inquadratura su uno dei più famosi ponti al mondo, le luci sull'acqua, i colori ed il POV sono praticamente perfetti e l'immagine è molto suggestiva.
Un caro abbraccio
paura (47186) 2010-01-27 16:40
Lindíssima, amigo. Nada aqui pode ser dito como comum.
ChrisJ (117201) 2010-01-27 23:29
A superb capture of the iconic, Venetian Rialto Bridge, with astonishing sharpness & simultaneous motion blur of the fast moving gondola boat, gliding under the structure. Wonderful colour & reflections. Parabens & obrigado!
emka (105604) 2010-01-27 23:56
Always the pleasure to look at the Rialto bridge. Nice composition, beautiful evening light.
siamesa (28123) 2010-01-28 0:42
Linda foto. Gostei dos tons fortes com um colorido maravilhoso.Os reflexos meio esverdeados ficaram belos. Parabéns.
PS Imagino como teria sido o arroz que o Gonçalo comeu.
Cricri (124902) 2010-01-28 9:03
Tout le charme et le romantisme de Venise bien présenter dans cette image
john1 (4028) 2010-01-28 12:53
An excellent view of the bridge of Venice, an original architecture well showcased here.
The POV is well done, a pretty nice reflection and colors.
Urs (14082) 2010-01-28 16:40
Rialto, it has to be this bridge in Italy. Thanks a lot for bringing back the memories, I was there but that certainly was more then 20 years ago!!! It still looks the same hahaha. Very nice blue hour capture, the colors hues are very intense and lively. Well done.
Thanks for the critique. BTW, the motorcycle with the cart in my picture of the bus stop is not a taxi but a non alcoholic drink bar on wheels.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-01-28 18:34
very good composition of the fine bridge with the boat in canal. Nice buildings in background. Your light management is outstanding here. Very well photojob. Tfs.
Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Aires dos Santos (AiresSantos) (56155)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Benq DC C1000
- Exposure: f/5.1, 1 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Pontes - Bridges, Rios - Rivers, Nascer e por do Sol - Sunrise and Sunset [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-27 1:06
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