The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Monday, February 14, 2011

Venezia II

The church of San Simeone Piccolo (also called San Simeone e Giuda) is a noted landmark in the Sestiere of  Santa Croce of Venice. In part, it is memorable, because from across the Grand Canal it faces the railroad terminal serving as entrypoint for most visitors to the city.
Built during the years 1718-38 by Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto (1690-1764); this church shows the emerging eclecticism of neoclassical architecture. It accumulates academic architectural quotations, much like the contemporaneous Karlskirche in Vienna.


Ponti degli Scalzi
The Ponte degli Scalzi (or Ponte dei Scalzi), literally, "Bridge of The Barefoot", is one of only four bridges in Venice to span The Grand Canal.

The bridge connects the
 Sestieri of Santa Croce and Cannaregio. On the north side, Cannaregio, are the Chiesa degli Scalzi (Church of The Barefoot) and the Santa Lucia (Ferrovia) railway station. The south side, Santa Croce, is close to the bus station Piazzale Roma.

Designed by
 Eugenio Miozzi, it was completed in 1934, replacing an Austrian iron bridge.


The Rialto Bridge (Italian: Ponte di Rialto) is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal.
The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicol  Barattieri. It was called the Ponte della Moneta, presumably because of the mint that stood near its eastern entrance.

The development and importance of the_Rialto_market on the eastern bank increased traffic on the floating bridge, so it was replaced in 1255 by a wooden bridge. This structure had two inclined ramps meeting at a movable central section, that could be raised to allow the passage of tall ships. The connection with the market eventually led to a change of name for the bridge. During the first half of the 15th century two rows of shops were built along the sides of the bridge. The rents brought an income to the State Treasury, which helped maintain the bridge.

Happy Valentine's Day!
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Feliz Día del Amor y la Amistad!



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8 comments :

Japy said...

Magnificas fotos. Me encanta sobretodo la segunda con la escalinata. Saludos.

Barbara Palmisano said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! Wonderful B&W!

lisa said...

These are such wonderful shots. I love the stairs!! Amazing perspective.
Happy Valentine's Day Carraol!

brattcat said...

These are marvelous. Wishing you a perfect day, Carraol.

joo said...

Happy Valentine's Day:)
By the way,will have to consider revisiting Venezia!

Luis Gomez said...

Estupendas imagenes! Happy Valentine's to you.

Carolyn Ford said...

Awesome wide angle photos of a grand place! Your black and white is SO excellent. Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

T. Becque said...

The black and whites take my breath away! Love especially the feeling in the image with the woman looking out from the bridge.

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