Friday, October 06, 2006

Ponte Vittorio Emanuele

Ponte Vittorio Emmanuele in Rome

This image from Ponte Vottorio Emanuele II is part of one of the panoramic images found on the Tour of Rome. There are over 100 images taken from around Rome linked to an interactive map.

Full 360° panorama of the Vittorio Emanuele II bridge

The Vittorio Emanuele II bridge is a modern construction and is usually full of cars. It makes for the most direct link from the centre of Rome to the Vatican effectively joining the Corso Vottorio Emanuele with the Via De Conciliazione which then leads straight up to St. Peter’s Basilica. From here you can see up the river to the Ponte S Angelo and the Castel S Angelo, which are both in the background.

The Vittorio Emanuele II bridge was designed by Ennio De Rossi and opened on 5 June 1911, taking 25 years to build. The bridge has 3 arches and is 111m long and 20m wide. An 18th century building belonged to the Hospital Saint Spirit was destroyed during construction. It is a good example of the architecture of the time having four heavy allegorical sculptures situated over the central arch and four end pillars decorated with bronze Victories. The marble sculptures represent Liberty, Oppression defeated, Unity of Italy, and Loyalty to the Constitution.

The full panoramic image showing views both up- and down-river is found on the Rome tour by For better appreciation of this image go to the collection on Flickr.

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