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Ponte Vecchio

Filed under: Bridges, Italy, Landmarks

The Ponte Vecchio (Italian for Old Bridge) dates back to the 14th century.  It spans the Arno river in Florence and is filled with shops.  It is said that the concept of bankruptcy originated on the Ponte Vecchio.  When a merchant could not pay his debts, the table where he sold his items (“banco”) was broken (“rotto”) by soldiers.



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Golden Gate Bridge

Filed under: Bridges, California

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California was completed after more than four years of construction at a cost of $35 million and it is a visitor attraction recognized around the world. The Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937 at twelve o’clock noon, ahead of schedule and under budget, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House announcing the event.



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