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Castel Vecchio Bridge destroyed in WW II
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ThePacman
N 45° 26.417 E 010° 59.238
32T E 655425 N 5033782
Quick Description: The 14th century Castel Vecchio Bridge was destroyed by German troops in 1945.
Location: Veneto, Italy
Date Posted: 4/16/2015 12:52:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMNPZG
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Ištván
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Long Description:
The Castel Vecchio Bridge in Verona was built in the 14th century, and is known in Italian as the Ponte di Castel Vecchio or Ponte Scaligero.
It was originally built by the noble ruler Cangrande II della Scala in 1356. Della Scalla, who was seen as tyrant, needed a possible escape route out of his Castel Vecchio castle north towards Austria in case of popular rebellion.

The tower on the northern bank was destroyed by French troops in the 18th century and never rebuilt.

During World War II, on the 24th April 1945, the bridge which had been standing for centuries was destroyed by German troops as they withdrew from Verona. It was accurately reconstructed in 1951 with the original bricks and stones.

It is now used as a pedestrian walkway, where many tourists walk between its fortified embattlements every day.
Admission Fee: Free

Opening Days/Times:
24 hours


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