Comacchio – The bell tower of the cathedral
Comacchio is a town and comune of Emilia Romagna, Italy, in the province of Ferrara, 48 km from the provincial capital Ferrara.
Comacchio is situated in a lagoon just north of the present mouth of the Reno. It is built on more than thirteen different islets, joined by bridges. The most important resources of these wetlands are the fish farming and the salt ponds. The seaport of Porto Garibaldi lies 7 km to the east. The wetlands south of the town, the Valli di Comacchio, are classified as a Site of Community Importance and a Special Protection Area in Italy. They are also rated internationally important by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands.
After its early occupation by the Etruscans and the Gauls, when the site lay on the main stream of the River Po, Comacchio was annexed by Rome. Under Emperor Augustus, who ruled Rome from 27 BCE to 14 CE, a canal was dug to deepen its lagoon. Part of the original wetlands were drained and divided among villae rusticae.
Comacchio enjoyed prosperity under the Goths and the Lombards, and became the seat of a Lombard duchy. It owed its fortunes to its salt pans and its strategic importance to its location: when the Lombard king Authari expanded the Lombard dominion at the expense of Byzantium, he took the fortress of Comacchio and cut off communication between Padua and Ravenna. When the Franks descended into northern Italy in 756, their king, Pepin the Short, included Comacchio in his famous donation of land to Pope Stephen II, a grant later confirmed by Pepin's son and successor, Charlemagne. In 854 Comacchio was sacked by their rivals in the salt trade, the Venetians, who laid it waste in 946. Saracen raiders burned the city in 876, but despite this Comacchio slowly recovered. The Holy See later acquired the city and presented it to the archbishopric of Ravenna.
In the 13th century, Emperor Rudolph I conferred it on Obizzo IV d'Este of Ferrara. In 1508 it became Venetian, but in 1597 was claimed by Clement VIII as a vacant fief. In 1598 the Papal States again acquired Comacchio and retained it until 1866 when it became a part of the Kingdom of Italy. The spread of malaria rendered the site unhealthy.
Since then, most of the swamp land has disappeared, leaving ground for the expansion of agriculture, and creating new zones for dwellings. Comacchio was once home to a factory for sugar refining, which closed in 1988. Comacchio and its seafront Lidi are a center for tourism.
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jurek1951 (37040) 2013-08-28 4:50
a very spectacular photo of this imposing architecture, the composition is superb, great details and POV, Tfs!
snunney (72680) 2013-08-28 5:04
The upwards point of view accentuates the height of this fine looking bell tower. An image captured under a good light and with excellent detail.
serp2000 (33099) 2013-08-28 5:04
I can't see the top of the tower, but it looks some unusual for a typical bell tower's style. Anyway, it's good the 7th presentation of Comacchio. Clever idea to make this composition, perfect sharpness and good contrast with the deep blue sky!
Noel_Byrne (13314) 2013-08-28 5:06
What a beautiful and imposing structure! You really chose a perfect point of view to take this. I love the tones of color from the lighter base through the dark brick tower. The sky in the background is wonderful.
All the best
carlo62 (19399) 2013-08-28 5:06
vedo che a Comacchio non c'è solo il ponte, ma anche una splendida torre di ottima fattura.
Bello il pov scelto, la torre si staglia contro un cielo molto bello che la mette bene in risalto.
timecapturer (37064) 2013-08-28 6:24
an unusual bell tower this. Not as ornate as some of the other Italian beauties around but all the same it has a real charm and presence about it. Immaculate detailing and a wonderful POV that gives such a great idea of its size and impressive brickwork. Wonderful!
mohammad_H (7488) 2013-08-28 13:14
Well designed and beautiful, an attractive appearance, light quality, clarity, sharpness is very good, Good camera angle
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-08-28 14:08
così tanto da vedere in questa bellissima città, tanta storia e tradizione, tanta cultura e monumenti
la tue serie mostrano tutta la bellezza nascosta e le tue immagini che vengono presentati in un modo molto attraente e bello..grazie
un carissimo saluto
jhm (127955) 2013-08-29 2:54
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
You shows these bell tower of the cathedral on a very well way.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
emka (64142) 2013-08-29 23:54
ciao, What a strange shape of this bell tower. Quite unusual. Splendid composition with the cloudless blue sky.
Nicou (105767) 2013-08-30 3:17
quel cadrage et compo sueprbe avec ce socle gris et la tour en brun quelle beauté et architecture fantastique photo.
Bravo et amitié
jmdias (48341) 2013-10-04 16:01
curiosas as formas desta torre, me parecem algo inusitadas. muito bom este ângulo baixo, gostei da luz e das cores também. obrigado por partilhar esta imagem.