Another photo to add to my theme “ The bridges of Rome”
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.
The island is boat-shaped, approximately 270 m long and 67 m wide, and has been connected with bridges to both sides of the river since antiquity. Being a seat of the ancient temple of Asclepius and later a hospital, the island is associated with medicine and healing.
The Western end of Isola Tiberina. The travertine stone gives a distinctive trireme shape.
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 Ponte Fabricio, the only original bridge in Rome, connects the island from the northeast to the Field of Mars in the rione Sant'Angelo (left bank). The Ponte Cestio, of which only some original parts survived, connects the island to Trastevere on the south (right bank).
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.
In ancient times, before Christianity spread through Rome, Tiber Island was avoided because of the negative stories associated with it. Only the worst criminals and the contagiously ill were condemned there. This however changed when a temple was built on the island.
Tiber Island was once the location of an ancient temple to Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine and healing.
Accounts say that in 293 BC, there was a great plague in Rome. Upon consulting the Sibyl, the Roman Senate was instructed to build a temple to Aesculapius, the Greek god of healing, and sent a delegation to Epidauros to obtain a statue of the deity. The delegation went on board a ship to sail out and obtain a statue.
Following their belief system, they obtained a snake from a temple and put it on board their ship. It immediately curled itself around the ship's mast and this was deemed as a good sign by them. Upon their return up the Tiber river, the snake slithered off the ship and swam onto the island. They believed that this was a sign from Aesculapius, a sign which meant that he wanted his temple to be built on that island.
This location may have been chosen for the Aesculapius Temple because it was separate from the rest of the city, which could help protect whoever was there from plague and illnesses.
The island eventually became so identified with the temple it supported that it was modeled to resemble a ship as a reminder of how it came to be. Travertine facing was added in mid or late first century by the banks to resemble a ship's prow and stern, and an obelisk was erected in the middle, symbolizing the vessel's mast. Walls were put around the island, and it came to resemble a Roman ship. Faint vestiges of Aesculapius' rod with an entwining snake is still visible on the "prow".
After Ancient Rome
In time, Catholics removed the obelisk and replaced it with a cross-topped column. After it was destroyed in 1867, Pope Pius IX had an aedicula, called "Spire", put in its place. This monument, designed by Ignazio Giacometti, is decorated with the statues of the four saints related to the island: St. Bartholomew, St. Paulinus of Nola, St. Francis and St. John. Parts of the obelisk are now in the museum in Naples.
In 998 Emperor Otto III had a new basilica, that of San Bartolomeo all'Isola, built over the Aesculapius temple's ruins on the eastern side (downstream end) of the island. This was dedicated to his friend, the martyr Adalbert of Prague, the name of St. Bartholomew was added only later. In the early 20th century, prior to the Fascist regime's restoration of ancient place names, the Tiber Island was called the isola di S. Bartolomeo. Likewise, for a time, Cestius' Bridge was called the Ponte S. Bartolomeo.
Although the Aesculapius temple now lies deep under San Bartolomeo, the island is still considered to be a place of healing because a hospital, founded in 1584, was built on the island and is still operating. It is staffed by the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God or "Fatebenefratelli". The hospital was not built on the same spot as the temple, but stands on the western half of the island.
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Alena_Zolotova (31) 2013-10-10 10:20
Good evening, Romano!
Yes, you are the genius of the urban landscape. For me it is difficult to take the city because a large Number of parts in the frame.
I looked up your works and it seemed to me that this is one of the saddest your photos. But I liked it just that - a subtle touch of sadness.
Very beautiful ...
Nicou (105679) 2013-10-10 10:36
Avec ces branches dans le cadrage quelle vue et compo quel panorama superbe le pont en fond et ce graphisme d'escalier en premier plan les édifice sur la petite île une merveille.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (13234) 2013-10-10 11:11
Mi piace l'idea che questo posto è associato con la guarigione e la medicina, mostra l'importanza di una società che lavora così tanto tempo fa, e uno che non ha mai perso la sua importanza. Il suo un bel prendere sull'isola, ed è così bello vedere che la gente ha costruito su di essa tanti anni fa, quasi un cursore pre a Manhattan. Lo stile della costruzione è davvero troppo attraente, e molto adatto per un tale fiume con una storia come pochi altri.
Grazie come sempre
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-10-10 21:23
Romano, a nord d'Italia ha piovuto per una settimana intera e posso vedere anche nella tua foto che l'autunno è lì....
ma è una bella stagione mi piace molto!!!
grande composizione della fantastica piccola isola sul fiume, tradizionale, unico e semplicemente molto bello!!
Sì, il mio lavoro è molto interessante e mi piace molto
in realtà il mio hobby è il mio lavoro...
danos (78040) 2013-10-10 23:50
very nice the view as the presentation of Tiber island from this advantage POV.I like the panoramic scene this moody day,with the details and the beauty of the place to are presented perfect.Excellent the clarity as the quality of the image.
dkmurphys (42431) 2013-10-11 0:28
I remember this place, interesting urban island. Nice POV, I like this winter day.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-10-11 0:39
I know that place very well.But I can´t remember to see the island as a main subject(was always part of a larger view of Vatican or Rome´s bridges).In your composition and as a "star" of the shot looks great!
I like your POV here-these tree branches around the frame add some kind of mystery to the shot.
Well considered composition!
Have a nice weekend
timecapturer (36978) 2013-10-11 3:56
a fascinating POV that shows this beautiful little island to great effect. A real sense of the setting and beauty of the architecture here and the sweeping arches of the bridges. Magical!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
saxo042 (33878) 2013-10-11 4:50
All colours are very soft and harmonic in this early morning winter light. A very well composed picture with these two bridges on each side of the island. A very peaceful and pleasant view.
delpeoples (48576) 2013-10-11 6:08
Ho visto questo famoso luogo sole in estate (recentemente nella compagnia del nostro Valter) e devo dire che questa foto invernale sembra come un posto totalmente diverso. L'atmosfera e carattera sono cosi cambiati del solito. Cé ancora, peró quel sentiment do romanza, storia, e (ovviamente) bellezza. Mi piacciono molto i coori morbidi e grigi. Complimenti e ti auguro un bel venerdi.
eldancer1 (20728) 2013-10-11 7:42
I like the use of the trees as natural frame for the scene. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-10-11 10:31
Breathtaking greyish morning shot but looks bit surreal atmosphere, the wide view leads to main subjects and the angulat touch gives a splendid taste to this. The exposure control is almost unbelievable with excellent effect in the sky and getting close to the top branches is great ideas. Nice exploitation of the situation, it's really well detailed and a standout shot with the stone bridge to finish off nicely. Congrats
holmertz (31226) 2013-10-11 10:38
Seeing this I remember that although I have been to Rome several times I have actually never visited the Tiber island. I must do that next time :-).
This is a very pleasant composition with the overhanging branches and the relatively sparse light of winter.
Silvio1953 (105381) 2013-10-11 11:30
Ciao Romano, gran bella inquadratura che ci consente di vedere i due ponti ricchi di storia che collegano l'isola tiberina, sempre accuratamente scelti, originali ed efficaci i tuoi POV, bravo, ciao Silvio
mesutilgim (72900) 2013-10-11 11:51
Nice capture from Rome under uneasy light conditions.
The natural framing wirth leafless branches at the upper part adds a unique taste to your capture.
TFS and best regards
adramad (30865) 2013-10-11 11:55
Stupenda POV che mostra tutto il fascino di questa piccola isola piena di bellezze, con quegli splendidi edifici. Mi piace come hai incorniciato il tutto con quei rami d'albero sulla parte superiore del piano, che danno un bel tocco alla composizione.
Bella gamma di colori, in una luce bellissima giornata.
Magnifico illuminazione e grande nitidezza di ricreare nei dettagli.
Molto ben fatto.
Godere di un fine settimana felice.
Tutti i migliori.
SWEETFREEDOM (19902) 2013-10-12 0:48
ottimo il p.o.v. che hai scelto. colori naturali e buona nitidezza.
foxy (891) 2013-10-13 9:56
Beautifully taken shot as a whole. The branches adds some miserly ghostly feel on the island.
It would be nice if there was a 'Kiss of the sun' shone on the roof of the building ( the rooftop only ). It will brought up some warm and liveliness to the island. My opinion.
But then I still like the way it is.
Thanks for sharing.
mvdisco (17112) 2013-10-15 17:43
Ciao Romano, Bonjour,
Very nice point of view of the Tiber island,
Great details and architecture,
Excellent contrast and light,
A sharp and clear composition,
My complimenti, Michel
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (11393)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-29
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The bridges of Rome [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-10 7:08