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CHAINS BRIDGE

CHAINS BRIDGE
Bagni di Lucca, Italy
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BACKGROUND

Il Ponte della Catene, or the Chains Bridge, spans the Lima River in Tuscany, connecting the towns of Fomoli and Chifenti. In the nineteenth century, royal architect Lorenzo Nottolini (1787-1851) designed this footbridge at the behest of Duke Carlo Ludovico, who sought to provide an appropriate avenue of approach to Bagni di Lucca’s treasured thermal baths. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Several attempts at restoration were made during the decades following the 1953 repairs of the Chains Bridge, but none of them fully addressed the problems of the structure. At the end of the twentieth century, the bridge was in danger of collapse due to the aging of materials and the negative impact of modern construction in the area. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

When Duke Carlo Ludovico commissioned the construction of the Chains Bridge, he created an unusual specimen of nineteenth-century architectural engineering that combines wood, stone, and iron to create a curious and captivating visual effect. (...)