Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mount of Gold

Via del Monte d'Oro (Street of the Mount of Gold) plaque, LivornoThe plaque of “Via del Monte d'Oro” (Street of the Mount of Gold) looks quite new but the strange name, a heritage from an old local inn, was already estabilished in 1735. Then it briefly became “Via delle Stalle” (Street of the Stables) for the presence of a cavalry detachment.Via del Monte d'Oro (Street of the Mount of Gold) plaque, LivornoThe narrow street flanking the Chamber of Commerce has recently regained its historical name, while many of the old buildings were restored a few years ago.Via del Monte d'Oro (Street of the Mount of Gold) plaque, LivornoOn a small slab of eroded sandstone is still visible the number of the building as it was in the Medicean city, when numbers were given for the quarter and not for the single street.

16 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Cool! Very nice VP.

Kate said...

Even the streets in your city has historical names. Very cool, indeed!

ρομπερτ said...

How interesting a mean of measurement for time and life indeed.

Please have a good Tuesday.

daily athens

Jack said...

The top sign is very sophisticated in its style. I wish that format were used here.

Theanne and Baron said...

Lovely photos, very interesting! The eroded sandstone is magnificent! So much history in a number!

Randy said...

Wonderful!

Traveling Hawk said...

Again, those typical doors! I love them!

Happy Easter, VP!

Small City Scenes said...

You always have neat pics and interesting info to go along with them. MB

Kaori said...

What an interesting piece of history! I like the original name!

joo said...

I love the door in the middle photo, and the number in the last, and what a lovely name for the street!

Dina said...

Yay for restoration!
Interesting, the old system of numbering.

Birdman said...

A pleasing doorway here.

JM said...

'The numbers were given by the quarter' - how interesting! I wonder how it was here... Have to find out now. :-)

Rob and Mandy said...

Did the ancient owners of the inn make a ton of money, or was it wishful thinking? I wonder. Wishing you a mountain of gold!

Allison said...

Wonderful door frame. Very artistic.

EG Wow said...

It's good to hear that so much restoration is going on in your city!