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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

21/12/2018, 12:01

#romeisus, #rome, #roma, #bridge, #pope, #sixtusIV



THE-"PONTE-SISTO"-(SISTINE-BRIDGE)


 The bridges of Rome are some of the most iconic buildings of this city. A lot of them are strictly related to Popes, like this one which was would by the Pope who wanted the Sistine Chapel...



This is one of the most famous bridges in #Rome, with its fine hole in the middle that here in Rome is named "occhialone" ("big eye"). It is not just a decoration because thanks to this element we can check the level of the water of our river, the #Tiber. That is the reason why there’s a Roman motto that is "sò dolori se l’acqua arriva all’occhialone" (tha translation is "there are many troubles if the water comes to the occhialone"). The modern name of this architectonical structure is Ponte Sisto, from the Pope Sixtus IV who, at the 1473, decided to rebuilt an ancient Roman bridge for the Jubilee of the 1475. In fact here there was a bridge would by the Roman emperor Caracalla who, around the 217 d.C., would like to link the city with the other shore, where there’s Trastevere today. Probably he did that just to reach, in a better way, some private properties that he owned on the other side... Moreover we know how this bridge it is just one example of how ancient Roman structures could change over the centuries. The Ponte Sisto was restored and destroyed several times, until the 792 when the water of the Tiber completely ruined it. That is the reason why the Romans found different nicknames, named the bridge "Pons Ruptus, Pons Tremulus or Pons Fractus". A lot of surnames that are described how the bridge, over the centuries and after several floods, became just a ruin. But now think about Pope Sixtus IV again, the #Pope who, during his kingdom, tried to make Rome a modern city for his times, restoring old monuments or building new ones. At the inauguration of the site construction he would organize a great event, especially to remind how he was the man who was trying to change Rome, turning the Eternal City to a great and new place. According to the documents, he came here with cardinals and bishops and, after several rituals, he put next to the first stone a bag with a lot of golden coins, embellished with his simulacrum. Just to have good greetings... Moreover there are two marble inscriptions along the bridge where you can read how the Pope celebrated himslef. But there’s especially one of them where we can read a real prayer for us, for the pilgrims and for the Popes. We read "1475. You that you’re passing thanks to the assistance of Sixtus IV, ask to the Divine Providence that preserves, in a good wealth, this great Pope and that you, that are making this prayer, could be good, whoever you are"... #romeisus #river #Tiber #atourguiderome


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