Ponte alle Grazie - Florence, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member marcius
N 43° 45.970 E 011° 15.523
32T E 681802 N 4848381
Quick Description: Ponte alle Grazie is a bridge over the Arno River in Florence, Italy. It has four slender piers with five thin arches.
Location: Toscana, Italy
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 1:10:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMED93
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 17

Long Description:

"The original Ponte alle Grazie was constructed in 1227. It was rebuilt in 1345 with nine arches, making it the oldest and longest bridge in Florence. Two of the arches were filled in during 1347 in order to widen piazza dei Mozzi. Structures were built on the bridge, much as can be seen on the modern Ponte Vecchio but these were eventually abandoned and were removed in 1876 to make way for railway track.

In August 1944, the bridge was destroyed by the Nazi army as they withdrew before the advancing Allied forces in World War II. Following the end of the War, a competition was held to create a new design for a replacement bridge. The winning design, the work of a group formed of architects including Giovanni Michelucci, Edoardo Said, Riccardo Gizdolich and Danilo Know and an engineer, Piero Melucci, feature four slender piers with thin arches between them. The new bridge was completed in 1953.

While the new design is harmonious with the surrounding city, its modern design and construction materials do not reflect its predecessor." Wikipedia

What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles and pedestrian

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
River Arno


Date constructed: 1953

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Ponte alle Grazie

Location:
Florence of Tuscany.


Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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