Ponte (Bridge) Fabricio - Connects The Tiber island

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Ponte Fabricio was built in 62 b.C. by L.Fabricius curator viarum (as it is inscribed on both sides of the bridge). This is the oldest Roman bridge to have survived in the city, and still in use for pedestrians. In the Middle Ages it was called "Pons Judeurum" (Jewish bridge) because of the proximity of Ghetto. It is also known as the Ponte Quattro Capi from the two herms of the four-headed Janus (pictured below) on the parapet put here under Sixtus V (1585-1590).

Ponte (Bridge) Fabricio - Connects The Tiber island, Rome
This event gave birth to a legend which says that restoration of the bridge was conducted by four architects who during the works quarreled between themselves getting to scandals. When restoration was finished Sixtus V condemned them to death by beheading for the reason of unworthy professional behavior. In their memory the pope ordered four busts-portraits of these architects and located them on the parapets of the bridge.
Ponte dei Quattro Capi (Bridge with Four Heads).
Ponte Fabricio is 57m long and 5,6m wide. It was the first one to connect the Isola Tiberina (Tiber island) with one of the banks of the Tiber river. It is also called “Ponte dei Quattro Capi” (Bridge with Four Heads) [pictured above] due to the presence of four marble busts at its four heads.

Ponte (Bridge) Fabricio - Connects The Tiber island
Lungotevere dei Pierleoni
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ripa (Circo Massimo-Bocca Verità-Aventino) (Roma centro)
Ponte (Bridge) Fabricio - Connects The Tiber island is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "10"
Bus: H - 23 - 63 - 280 - 630 - 780
Tram: service 8
Metro Subway: service B, stop Circo Massimo
More details about: Isola Tiberina (Tiber island)

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