The Pons Fabricius or Ponte dei Quattro Capi, is the oldest Roman bridge in Rome, Italy, still existing in its original state. Built in 62 BC, it 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.
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holmertz (26982) 2013-01-12 9:06
1950 years is an impressive age for a still functioning bridge. It's rather mindblowing to watch the construction and imagine the people who worked here. The photo is perfectly sharp and nicely includes a fine circle.
abmdsudi (26311) 2013-01-13 7:48
Great ideas and another good shot in mono, black and white treatment allows the eye to wander round the image but my eye keeps getting pulled back to the 'circles' an effect I think would be lost in colour, adding to the impact of the scene. Well textured, excellent shaprness and tonal contrast and the placement of the subject in the frame glues the eyes firmly there. Nice capture, Congrats
tyro (13149) 2013-01-14 2:08
Ciao caro Valter,
As Gert says, it is amazing to think that this bridge has been standing and carrying traffic for nearly two millennia! I doubt if bridges built in the 21st century would last so long as this!
An excellent photograph with the most amazing details and sharpness which allow us to see all the subtle textures of the ancient stonework. Lovely tones and contrasts and perfect light and exposure.
fabianoleite (9016) 2013-02-04 13:44
Great bridge in black and white, exploring well the different tones and reflections. Congratulations!
delpeoples (45018) 2013-02-25 20:54
Non lo so come questa é stata mancata, ma meglio tardi di mai. Ottimo il bianconero e Silver Efex?? Le tessiture del ponte é bellissime, anche i riflessi, facendo "occhi" nel fiume. Hai fatto bene con il cielo grigio anche, e indovino che questa sia il ragione per il bianconero. Gli alberi quasi senza figlie aggiungiono alla tessitura e struttura. Complimenti e spero che la gente d'italia fanno la cosa giusta con il voto!
- Copyright: Valter Palone (bayno) (16241)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-12-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 24-70mm f/2,8 L
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-12 7:05