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(壊れた橋)ポンテ・ロット Ponte Rotto

(壊れた橋)ポンテ・ロット Ponte Rotto

Ponte Rotto (the Pons Aemilius) is a broken bridge in Rome, Italy and is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura.

Ponte Rotto

Ponte Rotto means a broken bridge as a single arch in the middle is all that remains today. The bridge was originally called the Pons Aemilius. There existed a wooden bridge crossing the Tiber in the same location (mentioned in 192 BC) and then the first stone bridge was built from 179 BC to 142 BC. The bridge connected the Forum Boarium with Trastevere district (the name of the district means Beyond the Tiber). The bridge was damaged several times by floods. The bridge was first severely damaged in 1230 and then was rebuilt by Pope Gregory XI. The bridge was more seriously damaged by the flood of 1557 and again was later rebuilt by Pope Gregory XIII. The remnants of the bridge today still bear Latin inscriptions detailing his renovation of the bridge. Finally floods in 1575 and 1598 carried the eastern half away. The bridge was abandoned for several centuries. In 1853 Pope Pius IX had the remnants of the bridge connected to the mainland via an iron footbridge but the heavy metal weakened the structural integrity of the stone. Afterwards the remaining half was demolished in 1887 to make room for Ponte Palatino.

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