Such a beautiful loser. I often go back to the Rio Ponte Longo, right by the bridge, to marvel at the portal that disrespects the physical laws of the universe. Each time, I kind of expect to discover a gaping hole, or worse a clump of chalky brick chunks where a house once stood.
Yet the double diamond doorway hangs in there, and will no doubt still be around when they scatter my ashes in the Molo.
Take a closer look.
The door has been bricked up at the bottom for many years, so it serves no real function any longer. Since the lagoon has risen and the ground has subsided over the centuries, the steps are often below water level. So there's no real choice but to dam up the hole, unless the plan is to convert to a boathouse.
My favorite features are the symmetrical marble diamonds, though I wonder what the design concept originally was. Somehow I doubt the diamonds were just filled with bricks. Maybe the bricks were coated with decorative stucco or something. You can see a bit of plaster on the column and diamond. Is there a forensic architect out there?
Those are some impressive-looking holes there. And the bricks are in a serious state of gessification (essentially, turning into chalk).
Water is entering the building's foundation between the bricks, where the mortar has been eaten away. You can literally watch the water pouring in and out of the wall as the canale heaves and sloshes. Bear in mind, this wasn't even close to high tide. In this shot, you can also see how the wall is wicking up the juice, well above the waterline. As Chico Marx would say, "Atsa no good, too".