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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carlo62 (34414) 2014-01-17 13:38
dopo qualche giorno rivediamo una tua foto, anzi, il proseguimento della serie sull'Isola Tiberina.
Ottima la prospettiva offerta dal ponte, l'uomo sembra indicarci di seguirlo alla scoperta delle bellezze dell'isola.
emka (80830) 2014-01-17 14:02
ciao Romano, It is almost a year that I spent marvelous days in Rome, and I probably also went by this bridge to see Isola Tiberina and then Trastevere. What a pity I didn't meet you then. The presence of this walking man enlivens the beautiful composition.
mohammad_H (9530) 2014-01-18 2:17
Good angle for recording old buildings and places, old, attractive, perhaps because of the architectural style, the way of building frontage
View of blue sky background, adding to the charm of your image
A good resolution
Have a nice day and I wish you all the best
snunney (85579) 2014-01-18 5:02
The man crossing the bridge brings the scene to life and draws the viewer into the scene whilst helping to create a feeling of depth. I like the low light and understated tones. An image full of atmosphere.
Noel_Byrne (25230) 2014-01-18 6:00
Un eccellente piombo in scena utilizzando il ponte come questo, molto ben fatto. E l'unico uomo sul ponte è un tocco molto bello, dando scala e un senso di abitazione a questo antico luogo. Inoltre rende edifici su ogni lato della fine del ponte sembrano più imponente e fa un ottimo telaio per il ponte.
Grazie come sempre
Sergiom (61944) 2014-01-18 6:09
J'aime beaucoup cette composition car elle raconte une histoire. J'aime la profondeur de l'ensemble, qu'apporte les pavés sur le pont qui guident le regard vers le marcheur.
amaryllis (35197) 2014-01-18 6:27
je ne me situe pas avec ce pont qui pour moi se situe de l'autre côté du tibre , côté derrière San angelo, d'après ta note je pense voir derrière l'ile où se trouve l'hopital?
pas beaucoup de monde que ce Monsieur qui fait sa promenade, c'est rare car d'habitude plus de monde
manatee (4668) 2014-01-20 1:17
Ciao Romano this pic is grate I love your country Im read so muhc about it and I hope this year I can meet finally this amazing land call Italia.
Pd: Sorry for the delay
omid266 (5600) 2014-01-20 7:14
** Salam Romano **
It is another excellent foto of your gallery ,
Nice and old bridge and biuldings , with a man is
walking other side ,
All the Best ,
Thank you ,
Buona fortuna ,
** Dio ed Angelli sono con te ! ***
Regards , Omid - I.R.IR
nikkitta (14992) 2014-01-20 15:25
Exellent way to present this capture, the bridge gives, add deepness at the image the man life and the buildings beauty
Misterious mode, well captured
Avere una grande settimana
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (18466)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The bridges of Rome [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-17 13:12