Venice, December 11 - A newly restored bridge on an outlying Venetian island was unveiled to the public on Tuesday. The Bridge of Santa Maria in Torcello, the only passageway to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, is once again open to foot traffic after an eight-month restoration. Restorers used carbon-fiber connecting rods to reinforce the bridge, which dates back to 1511. Torcello, famous for its Byzantine mosaics and historic ties to Constantinople, was once mightier than Venice itself, boasting a 10,000-strong population until a decline that began in the 12th century. Today less than two dozen people live there.
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