Ponte di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy - Lord Cangrande II della Scala had the red-brick castle and bridge (Scaliger Bridge) across the Adige River built in 1354 in order to defend Verona's people and to provide an escape route northwards where his Austrian relatives resided in the event of a rebellion against his tyrannic rule. It remains a spectacular sight especially at night lit up, or early in the morning when I took this photograph. The arch bridge featured the world's largest span at the time of its construction. However, the bridge was destroyed, along with the famous Ponte Pietra, by German troops in 1945. Reconstruction began in 1949 and was finished in 1951.
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