The competition to design a stone bridge across the Grand Canal in Venice attracted the best architects of the late 16th century, including Michelangelo, Palladio, and Sansovino, but the job went to the less-famous Antonio da Ponte.
The paleochristian basilica of St. Saturninus in Cagliari, Italy. Built in 5th century CE upon the prior "martyrium" of Saturninus, the church once was linked to a monastery originally attended by north-african monks and men of the cloth who had been expelled by arian Vandals. During the centuries, the basilica was pillaged several times: ornaments and decorations were removed and reused as construction materials. What remains is the central body of the basilica and its eastern arm.