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Constitution Bridge, Venice

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The Ponte della Costituzione is better known by tourists and residents as the Calatrava Bridge from the name of Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect who designed and presented the project to the City of Venice. Besides the Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte di Rialto , and Ponte dell'Accademia, it is now the 4th bridge to span the Grand Canal. The bridge opened to the public on September 11th, 2008 mired in controversies. It links the Venice Railway Station to the the Car and Bus Terminal of Piazzale Roma. It is a slightly arched bridge built in steel, glass and Istrian stone, the same material widely used to build all kind of structures in town. At night the lights from the deck and the handrail transform the bridge into a walkway of light.