22 October 2009

Rialto Bridge in the evening glow

The Piazza di San Marco may be more famous, but the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) is the true heart of Venice. The current structure was built in just three years, between 1588 and 1591, as a permanent replacement for the boat bridge and three wooden bridges that had spanned the Grand Canal at various times since the 12th Century. It remained the only way to cross the Grand Canal on foot until the Accademia Bridge was built in 1854.

The Rialto Bridge's 7.5-meter (24-foot) arch was designed to allow passage of galleys, and the massive structure was built on some 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge more than 400 years later. The architect, Antonio da Ponte ("Anthony of the Bridge," appropriately enough), competed against such eminent designers as Michelangelo and Palladio for the contract.

2 comments:

chib said...

People have been saying many good things about Venice. I like to visit this city.

alternative reality............... said...



about: non-ordinary reality

Castaneda Carlos, The teachings of Don Juan, Pinguin Books, California 1970

During the next five years Don Juan´s arcane knowledge led him into a world of beauty and terror, ruled by concepts far beyond those of western civilization.

Three times he met Mescalito, the God of the peyote…
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGqqg1qqjH8


Arm wrestling with Marlene Lufen (Sat1)
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about: seeing things

The Preliminaries of “Seeing”

Castaneda Carlos, A Separate Reality, Pocket Book, New York, 1972
The Task of “Seeing”

“…means that one of you has to play a fiddle, and a dancer has to put on his mask and leggings and rattles and dance…”

...taking it on with a sorceress “in flight”.
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“A book that soars through the mind like a comet, rare, burning and beautiful.” – Theodore Roszak in New Society

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eak2BKgjs7A

“…but losing…really?...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF3WzdpV41Q&index=6&list=PL_K4zJqjMhiHgsYnYRVhN0a_CyNfFYaC6


A lower center of gravity…Hips don´t lie…

Ein knackiger Kampf in der Bodenlage…und dann (2:43)…Mattenflucht! Mattenflucht!! Fluchtversuch…doch es gibt kein Entkommen!