Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bikes at Arco dei Gavi

I recently started a "bicycles series" and this is my second entry. 
Behind this lovely red bike you can see the Arco dei Gavi and a part of Castelvecchio that hosts the art museum. 
The Arco dei Gavi was built in the 1st century AD in honour of the Gavi family, very important members of the Veronese roman society. It was built about a hundred meters to the left (the roman Via Postumia, now Corso Castelvecchio) and demolished by the French rule in 1805 when Napoleone ordered that the arch be moved because it constituted an obstacle for the french army to pass. The white limestone blocks were moved away and left over until 1932 when it was rebuilt here.
Whenever I get close to the Arch and see the complexity of the structure I think of how hard it must have been to rebuild it...

11 comments:

Clueless in Boston said...

Interesting story about the arch. I count three bikes in this post - three for one.

Jacob said...

Thanks for the history lesson...very intriguing...

Looks like a beautiful day to go biking!

Virginia said...

Bike series. How great. I like this one very much. There's so much to see in this photo.Like the parked bike and the bikers in the background. MOre???
V

AmyR said...

Beautiful photos - so many things to look at. It's a really great angle!

Białe nad czerwonym said...

Hi Valeria! It looks like my old bike: http://bialenadczerwonym.blogspot.com/2008/12/cono-sur-pinot-noir-reserva-2006.html
This picture was made next to San Zeno two years ago.
I greet You.

nobu said...

Wonderful composition!!

Babzy said...

i didn't know about this Napoleon's story .... amazing !
Beautiful capture !

joo said...

Lovely photos of the beautiful city:)

martha said...

Beautiful photograph. I can almost smell the freshness of the air. I love using a bicycle to get around. I would be lost without my trusty old Marlene.

m_m said...

Like your perspective! It looks like nice place to walk or cycle:)

Ming the Merciless said...

I love this shot. Perfectly done.

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