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Location address: Italia, Firenze, Firenze
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The Ponte Santa Trìnita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world, the three flattened ellipses giving the structure its celebrated elegant appearance. The bridge was constructed by the Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammanati from 1567 to 1569. On 8 August 1944, the bridge was destroyed by retreating German troops, but reconstructed in 1958 with original stones raised from the Arno and from the original quarry.
The Ponte Santa Trìnita (Italian for Holy Trinity Bridge, named for the ancient church in the nearest stretch of via de’ Tornabuoni) is a Renaissance bridge in Florence, Italy, spanning the Arno. The Ponte Santa Trìnita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world, the three flattened ellipses giving the structure its celebrated elegant appearance. The outside spans each measure 29 m (95 ft) with the centre span being 32 m (105 ft) in length. The two neighbouring bridges are the Ponte Vecchio, to the east, and the Ponte alla Carraia to the west.
It is remarkable that Adolf Hitler had ordered to destroy the Ponte Santa Trinita, but he explicitly ordered to spare his beloved bridge, the Ponte Vecchio. Even though this was a possible access route for the allies who were located at the south of the Arno.
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The Ponte Santa Trìnita provides a great view on the famous Ponte Vecchio.