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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pulteney Bridge Bath

Pulteney Bridge in Bath, which spans the River Avon in the eastern part of the city is another Georgian masterpiece up there with The Circus and The Royal Crescent as highlights of any visit to this wonderful city.

A Grade I Listed Building, Pulteney Bridge was designed by the Scottish architect Robert Adam (1728-1792) and is one of the few bridges in the world with commercial buildings on both of its sides.

The bridge has undergone a number of vicissitudes since it was completed in 1773 and indeed the appearance of the three-span bridge is much different from its original form of the late 18th century.

The Palladian style of the bridge is obviously influenced by some of the great Renaissance bridges of Italy, including the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and the Rialto in Venice, places Adam would no doubt have admired on his Grand Tour.

The bridge is in use for buses, cyclists, pedestrians and taxis, though there are plans afoot in Bath City Council to limit all vehicular traffic over the historic bridge.

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Pulteney Bridge Bath, England

Pulteney Bridge Bath, UK

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