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    Quizzical Pursuit
    —The Architecture Puzzler

    Created by Dave Guadagni

    Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
    Architecture Puzzler #467

    Question

    Which, if any, of these statements is true about the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy:

    A. It is Europe's oldest closed-spandrel segmental-arch bridge made wholly of stone.

    B. It originally housed butcher shops, but now is lined with small art and jewelry shops.

    C. Across the top of the bridge, a private corridor was constructed connecting the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti.

    Answer

    The Ponte Vecchio spans the Arno River in Florence, and was constructed around 1345 on the site of several previous bridges dating back to Roman times. While it is a very old wholly stone, closed-spandrel segmental-arch bridge, it is not the oldest in Europe.

    The other two statements are true, however. Butchers were banned from the bridge in 1593 in order to enhance the bridge's prestige. The private corridor was constructed in 1593 by Giorgio Vasari and allowed Cosimo I de Medici to travel between the two palazzi without coming into contact with the common people of Florence.
     


     

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    http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/quiz.html


     

    Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects

    Quizzical Pursuit is Copyright 2010, Dave Guadagni.

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    The Ponte Vecchio spans the Arno river in Florence, Italy.
    Photo: Valeriano Della Longa

     
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