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The Ponte Fabricio, Tiber Island, Rome - a 40 minute brisk walk from the Vatican!

The Tiber Island (Italian: Isola Tiberina, Latin: Insula Tiberina) is one of the two islands in the Tiber river, which runs through Rome; the other, much larger one is called Isola Sacra and is near the mouth of the river at Ostia. Tiber island is located in the southern bend of the Tiber. It is boat-shaped, approximately 270 m long and 67 m wide. There is a legend which says that after the fall of the hated tyrant Tarquinius Superbus (510 BC), the angry Romans threw his body into the Tiber. His body then settled onto the bottom where dirt and silt accumulated around it and eventually formed Tiber Island. Another version of the legend says that the people gathered up the wheat and grain of their despised ruler and threw it into the Tiber, where it eventually became the foundation of the island.

The island has been linked to the rest of Rome by two bridges since antiquity, and was once called Insula Inter-Duos-Pontes which means "the island between the two bridges". The Pons Fabricius (Italian: Ponte Fabricio, meaning "Fabricius' Bridge") or Ponte dei Quattro Capi is the oldest Roman bridge in Rome, Italy, still existing in its original state, and spans half of the Tiber River, from the Campus Martius on the east side to Tiber Island in the middle (the Pons Cestius is west of the island). Quattro Capi ("four heads") refers to the two marble pillars of the two-faced Janus herms on the parapet, which were moved here from the nearby Church of St. Gregory (Monte Savello) in the 14th century.

According to Dio Cassius, the bridge was built in 62 BC, the year after Cicero was consul, to replace an earlier wooden bridge destroyed by fire. It was commissioned by Lucius Fabricius, the curator of the roads and a member of the gens Fabricia of Rome. Completely intact from Roman antiquity, it has been in continuous use ever since.

The Pons Fabricius has a length of 62 m, and is 5.5 m wide. It is constructed from two wide arches, supported by a central pillar in the middle of the stream. Its core is constructed of tuff. Its outer facing today is made of bricks and travertine.

An original inscription on the travertine commemorates its builder in Latin, L . FABRICIVS . C . F . CVR . VIAR | FACIVNDVM . COERAVIT | IDEMQVE | PROBAVIT. (Lucius Fabricius, Son of Gaius, Superintendent of the road, took care and likewise approved that it be built). It is repeated four times: on each arch, on both sides of the bridge.

A later inscription, in smaller lettering, records that the bridge was later restored under Pope Innocent XI, probably in 1679.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Near & Far'.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Jun 2012 - 1:35 PM
Focal Length:4.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.3
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:A Bridge Too Far
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:28 Sep 2012 - 6:04 PM
Tags:Architecture, Bridge, Bridge of four heads, Fabricius' Bridge, Italy, Pons Fabricius, Ponte dei Quattro Capi, Ponte Fabricio, Roman, Rome, Tiber, Tiber island
Votes:21

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 6:07 PM

A very pleasing bridge, Philip, like the pov, well captured. Carol

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 6:10 PM

nice comp Philip.
ant.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54209 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 6:59 PM

Beautifully balanced.
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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 7:15 PM

A good point of view and shadow detail despite the harsh light. Well captured, Philip.

Dave

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
28 Sep 2012 - 7:42 PM

Wonderfull composed Philip. Brilliant interesting narrative.

John

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:02 PM

I love all the curves in this - the curves of the arches
and the bridge itself leading us round to the other buildings.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:24 PM

62 BC--an impressive structure whenever-- Your POV is especially well chosen!

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 - 10:30 PM

Very good composiotion.Good knowledge of the place.
Elena

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:44 PM

A lovely comp Phil..Lin

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:57 PM

A great compo!

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 739 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 2:05 PM

Like the composition here.

Best Matt

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