The drawbridge

The drawbridge serves to join the Marciana area to the Royal Gardens on the Bacino di San Marco side. Having long ceased to function, it was in disrepair and thoroughgoing restoration was needed.
Its structural framework is made of larch planking and iron elements and corbels, flanked by two elegant decorative cast-iron elements which reference the decoration of the roof above. The bridge consists of three sections. The two smaller ones are attached to the masonry on the edge of the canal, while the larger central portion is opened and closed using a winch connected to a bronze worm screw.
The work done, which did not change the original model of the bridge in any way, included placing a new acid-treated stainless steel structure adjacent to the historic one. It will serve to guarantee the bridge’s future testability and durability, restoring its historic opening and closing mechanism.