The Rialto Bridge, or Ponte di Rialto in Italian, is the most well-known of four bridges crossing the Grand Canal and quite possibly the most recognizable secular monument in Venice. Similarly to the Charles Bridge in Prague, Rialto is the last in a line of bridges built on this city point, all of which perished for one reason or another. The first bridge was a pontoon constructed circa 1172, too unstable for the cityвЂ™s growing human traffic needs. The second wooden one appeared in 1260 and lasted only fifty years until a revolt in Venice swept it away in 1310. The third bridge collapsed when a wedding procession marched over it in 1444. The fourth version had a drawbridge attached to it, but in mid-16th century a decision had finally been made on commissioning a solid stone bridge to settle the matters once and for all. Many famous architects including even Michelangelo expressed interest in working on the project, but a young Antonio da Ponte was chosen for the job. Not only his name, which literally translates as вЂњbridgeвЂќ from Italian, but also his somewhat daring single-arched plan suited the selection committeeвЂ™s tastes, and so in 1591 the bridge was complete. It took only three years to build.