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The Galata bridge

Ponte di Galata

This model was made from the indications drawn from a very small drawing by Leonardo included in the Leicester manuscript. The drawing shows a plan and an elevation view of the bridge, which has a single span approximately 240 metres in length, 23 metres in width, with a peak height of 40 metres above the level of water. A unique feature is the double supporting structure at the head of the bridge shaped like the tail of a sparrow for the purpose of better bearing transversal thrust. A feature worthy of notice is the sketch of a masted ship, smoothly sailing under the central span of the bridge.

Manuscript L, sheet 66 r.


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