Ponte Pietra (Verona)

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Ponte Pietra
(Pons Marmoreus)
Ponte Pietra a Verona.jpg
The arch at the far left is the only one which escaped destruction in 1945.
Coordinates 45°26′52″N 11°00′00″E / 45.4477°N 10.9999°E / 45.4477; 10.9999Coordinates: 45°26′52″N 11°00′00″E / 45.4477°N 10.9999°E / 45.4477; 10.9999
Crosses Adige River
Locale Verona, Italy
Design Arch bridge
Material Travertine, brick
Total length 120 m
No. of spans 5
Construction end 100 BC
Closed April 1945 (4 of 5 spans destroyed)
Ponte Pietra (Pons Marmoreus) is located in Italy
Ponte Pietra (Pons Marmoreus)
Ponte Pietra
(Pons Marmoreus)
Location in Italy

The Ponte Pietra (Italian for "Stone Bridge"), once known as the Pons Marmoreus, is a Roman arch bridge crossing the Adige River in Verona, Italy. The bridge was completed in 100 BC, and the Via Postumia from Genoa to Aquileia passed over it. It is the oldest bridge in Verona.[1]

It originally flanked another Roman bridge, the Pons Postumius; both structures provided the city (on the right bank) with access to the Roman theatre on the east bank. The arch nearest to the right bank of the Adige was rebuilt in 1298 by Alberto I della Scala. Four arches of the bridge were blown up by retreating German troops in World War II, but rebuilt in 1957 with original materials.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Editors of Time Out (2013). Time Out Venice: Verona, Treviso, and the Veneto. Time Out Guides. p. 266.
  • Galliazzo, Vittorio (1994), I ponti romani. Catalogo generale, Vol. 2, Treviso: Edizioni Canova, pp. 223–226 (No. 456), ISBN 88-85066-66-6
  • O’Connor, Colin (1993), Roman Bridges, Cambridge University Press, pp. 93f. (I169), ISBN 0-521-39326-4

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