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Pons Fabricius

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Crosses  Tiber
Design  Arch bridge
Height  55.5 feet
Construction started  62 BC
Total length  62 m
Bridge type  Arch bridge
Locale  Rome, Italy
Width  5.5 m (18 ft)
Address  00186 Rome, Italy
Opened  62 BC
Location  Rome
Body of water  Tiber
Pons Fabricius
Carries  Connection Campus Martius-Tiber Island
Similar  Pons Cestius, Tiber, Tiber Island, Pons Aemilius, Pons Sublicius

Pons fabricius in rome italy


The Pons Fabricius (Italian: Ponte Fabricio, meaning "Fabricius' Bridge") or Ponte dei Quattro Capi, is the oldest Roman bridge in Rome, Italy, still existing in its original state. Built in 62 BC, it spans half of the Tiber River, from the Campus Martius on the east side to Tiber Island in the middle (the Pons Cestius is west of the island). Quattro Capi ("four heads") refers to the two marble pillars of the two-faced Janus herms on the parapet, which were moved here from the nearby Church of St Gregory (Monte Savello) in the 14th century.

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According to Dio Cassius, the bridge was built in 62 BC, the year after Cicero was consul, to replace an earlier wooden bridge destroyed by fire. It was commissioned by Lucius Fabricius, the curator of the roads and a member of the gens Fabricia of Rome. Completely intact from Roman antiquity, it has been in continuous use ever since.

The Pons Fabricius has a length of 62 m, and is 5.5 m wide. It is constructed from two wide arches, supported by a central pillar in the middle of the stream. Its core is constructed of tuff. Its outer facing today is made of bricks and travertine.

Bridges built by the ancients pons fabricius part 2


Inscription

An original inscription on the travertine commemorates its builder in Latin, L . FABRICIVS . C . F . CVR . VIAR | FACIVNDVM . COERAVIT | IDEMQVE | PROBAVIT. (Lucius Fabricius, Son of Gaius, Superintendent of the roads, took care and likewise approved that it be built) It is repeated four times: on each arch, on both sides of the bridge.

A later inscription, in smaller lettering, records that the bridge was later restored under Pope Innocent XI, probably in 1679.

References

Pons Fabricius Wikipedia


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