See the bridges of Rome!!!

Again, going over older post have the benefit of finding several sights not mentioned or briefly mentioned in other posts. These were fabolous we love bridges and as in any wonderful city of our world , a river passed thru. This is the case of Rome and the Tiber river. Let me tell you now new text old pics of the bridges of Rome!!!

The Vittorio Emanuele II bridge was built in 1886. Construction was delayed, and it was not inaugurated until 1911. The bridge over the Tiber river connects the historic center of Rome, whose axis of the bridge extends, and from Paoli Square to the bridgehead with the rione Borgo and the Vatican City, near the few vestiges of the Roman era of Pons Neronianus. The bridge, commemorating Vittorio Emanuele II of Italy, consists of three arches spanning a distance of 108 meters. It is decorated at the ends of high plinths supporting statues of winged Victories.

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In June 1909, a public competition was held for the sculptural decoration of the piles and headboards where four sculptural groups and four Victories were planned to represent   the virtues of King Vittorio Emanuele II. The judging commission shows several sculpturors to do the bridge. It was the president of the jury, who chose the position of the individual sculptural groups which, due to the delays due to the translation of the plaster models into travertine, were placed on the bridge in the early months of 1912.

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A very impressive nice bridge we came by each time and love to walk and eat around this area of Rome. The Rome tourist office on the bridge

The Palatino Bridge, also known as Ponte Inglese or the English Bridge, is a bridge that connects Lungotevere Aventino to Lungotevere Ripa in Rome, in the Rioni Ripa and Trastevere. The bridge was built between 1886 and 1890, in place of the destroyed part of the Aemilius Bridge (also called Ponte Rotto, or broken bridge). An arch 2200 years old Roman bridge had been destroyed by a flood in 1598, while another arch was demolished in 1887, to make room for this Palatino Bridge. The Palatino Bridge draws its name of the Palatine Hill or Palatine Hill. The bridge connects the Forum Boarium with Piazza Castellani, opposite the Tiber Island; the English epithet is due to the left-hand traffic which applies on the bridge, as in the United Kingdom. It is composed of five masonry piers, with a metal apron, and is 155 meters long. The Rome tourist office on the bridge

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The Ponte Cestio is an ancient bridge connecting the right bank of the Tiber river with the Tiber Island. In Late Antiquity, the bridge was replaced and renamed the Ponte Gratiani, and it is also known as the Ponte San Bartolomeo or bridge of Saint Bartholomew. .No more than one third of the present stone bridge is of ancient material, as it was entirely rebuilt and extended in the 19C, after numerous earlier restorations. The original bridge of Cestius was built around the 1C BC. In the 4C the Ponte Cestio was replaced by a new structure The bridge was rebuilt using volcanic tuff stone and peperino marble, with a facing of travertine limestone. During the 19C rebuilding ;the ancient bridge, which had two small arches either side of the wide central span, was simply not long enough. The present bridge, with three large arches, was constructed in its stead, with its central arch reusing about two-thirds of the original material After the 19C rebuilding, the bridge was about 80 meters (264 ft) long, with the original central arch flanked by two other arches of equal span. The bridge’s derives its connection with the saint of the New Testament from the church and minor basilica dedicated to Bartholomew the Apostle on Tiber Island. The Rome tourist office on the bridge:

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The Ponte Sant-Angelo connects the two banks of the Tiber facing the Castel Sant’Angelo. It was built in 134 during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. It was/is our favorite bridge in Rome!

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The Pons Ælius was built by Hadrian as evidenced by the dedicatory inscriptions found at each end. Richly adorned with victories and trophies, it offers majestic access to the imperial mausoleum built on the Ager Vaticanus, on the right bank of the Tiber river, before the future Castel Sant’Angelo In the Middle Ages, the bridge became the main point of access to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican. Just like Hadrian’s mausoleum, its name is Christianized: it becomes the Ponte Sant-Angelo.

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In 1527, the bridge played an important role during the sack of Rome by the lansquenets of Charles V. It was occupied by the imperial armies who besieged the Castel Sant’Angelo where Pope Clement VII was locked up.In 1536, Charles V, reconciled with the Pope, made a triumphal entry into Rome and took the Sant-Angelo bridge, decorated for the occasion with eight temporary statues: on the western parapet are depicted Saint Peter and the four evangelists and, on the oriental side, Saint Paul and four patriarchs of the Old Testament: Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses.

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Pope Clément IX began work in 1667, inspired by the Pont Rouge which then linked the Île Saint-Louis to the Île de la Cité in Paris (now replaced by the Pont Saint-Louis) and imposed an open balustrade, hitherto unknown to Rome for the stone bridges, to allow passers-by to enjoy the view of the water. Finally, the bridge was transforms   into a symbolic Stations of the Cross by decorating the parapet with ten statues of angels carrying the instruments of the Passion. The Rome tourist office on the bridge:

And now I feel better to have told you about these wonderful bridges. They do make any city more romantic me think. Rome has several these are just the ones my memories are stronger walking by them with the family.  See the bridges of Rome and, hope you enjoy them as I do.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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