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Bridges (September, 2004)

Chuck Denny

Roberts Ferry Bridge

Toni Garbasso & Giancarlo De Leo

The Sant' Angelo bridge

Postcard from Rome, Italy

September 23, 2004 - 19:33 Local Time

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© 2004 Toni Garbasso & Giancarlo De Leo, All Rights Reserved.



The architect Demetriano built this bridge in 134 CE. As it was the access to the mausoleum of the emperor Publius Haelius Adrianus, it was called Ponte Elio. This name last until the XVII century, when, after pope S.Gregorio Magno had the vision of an angel on the top of the mausoleum, sheathing his sword, meaning the end of a pestilence, the bridge and the mausoleum where renamed as Sant'Angelo.
Before, in XVI century, the bridge took a lugubrious look: it was used for hanging and for capital executions. Romans where saying that "There are more cut heads on the parapet of Sant' Angelo bridge than melons on the market stalls"
The 10 Angels on the banisters, representing the steps of the Christ Passion where made under Bernini directions in 1669.
Today remains only three central arcades of the ancient bridge: the two elegant Roman ramps, where destroyed to adapt the bridge to the new river's embankments in the XIX century.

Actually this panorama is a self-portrait, representing the bridge of solidarity between us: my camera broke the day before, and Giancarlo offered me his one, so went together to photograph the bridge, we share the equipment and we include ourselves in the panorama.
And now it's my turn to thank these following masters:Michelangelo Buonarroti, for the skyline of S.Peter's dome; Gianlorenzo Bernini for the flying (even stone-made) angels, and...Toni "panoramaster" Garbasso for his kindness and extraordinary professionality. It was a real pleasure to shot this panorama with him, really!.


Photography: Nikon D70 camera, 10.5mm lens; tripod with a 303SPH Bogen head. Stitching: Realviz Stitcher.

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