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Santiago Calatrava's Venice bridge denied grand opening

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Santiago Calatrava’s new bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice has been denied an unveiling ceremony.

The ceremony, originally scheduled for 18 September, was cancelled after it transpired that central government has yet to approve modifications to the bridge to allow access for people with disabilities.

Called the ‘passageway of light’ by Calatrava, the bridge is four years behind schedule and according to one local councillor, Raffaelle Speranzon, 300 per cent over budget.

Accoridng to the Guardian, Calatrava’s creation has come under fire right from its inception from traditionalists who believe the contemporary structure is out of keeping with the surrounding architecture of Venice.

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