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workers and tourist:-) - The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicolò Barattieri. It was called the Ponte della Moneta presumably because of the mint that stood near its eastern entrance.[2] Detail of the bridge 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.[2] This structure had two inclined ramps meeting at a movable central section…