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The first wooden bridge was built here as early as 1180, later replaced by a drawbridge, which collapsed in 1444 when a large crowd gathered on it to watch a boat procession.
Almost 150 years later, in 1588, the Venetians built this stone bridge, designed by Antonio de Ponte.
This huge palace - its name "Ca' Grande" means big house in the Venetian dialect -- was built in 1545 by Italian master-builder and sculptor Jacopo Sansovino, for the powerful Cornaro family.
Like all these palazzo, Ca' Grande was meant to impress, with stately Ionic columns on the first floor and Corinthian columns on the second.
An 18th-century pharmacy has been meticulously reconstructed, and a theater is on the third floor.
In Venice's heyday, anyone of note - or who wanted to be of note - had to have a palace facing the Grand Canal, and their represent every style of architecture, from the 12th to the early 18th century.
Its 40 rooms show the sumptuous decorative styles and furniture, which includes the Chinoiserie and lacquered furniture, so popular at that time.
There are Venetian porcelain and pottery, bronzes, puppets, and original 18th-century Venetian costumes.
In order to support its immense weight, architect Baldassare Longhena had to have more than a million timbers driven into the floor of the lagoon.
The church is an impressive landmark, visible across the Grand Canal from San Marco, and this grandeur continues as you step inside with your attention immediately drawn to its massive dome.Latest blogs: Hehe, Want to start a gym, Happy new year, So sick of fake people, Had the best christmas Free online dating in Seattle for all ages and ethnicities, including Seniors, White, Black women and Black men, Asian, Latino, Latina, and everyone else.