The Rialto Bridge is the oldest and most famous arch bridge on the Grand Canal in the Italian city of Venice. It was formally the only permanent link between the two sides of the Grand Canal, until they opened the remaining crossings.

The first building that crossed the Grand Canal was a floating bridge, built in 1181 by Nicolò Barattieri. It was called Ponte della Moneta, presumably by the coinage of Venetian currency that was near its eastern entrance.

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