Monday, December 19, 2011

The Two Towers

Tower outside the former Orlando Shipyard, Porta a Mare, LivornoAround the half of the 19th century this tower was part of a wall between the Lazaretto (quarantine station) of San Rocco and the “Nuova Porta a Mare” (New Gate to the Sea). Now it stands alone, just outside the former Orlando Shipyard, awaiting an inclusion of sort in the new residential area already in construction where once the workshops were.Livorno, view from the top of the lighthouse, by Alfred GuesdonIn this detail of a view of Livorno from L'Italie à vol d'Oiseau (A bird's eye view of Italy) by Alfred Guesdon (circa 1850) you can easily spot the rounded shape of the tower between the two bridges, in the lower right part of the lithography.Tower outside the Benetti Shipyard, boundary of the Porto Mediceo, LivornoIn the lower left part of the same image you can find this square tower when it was still facing the sea. The structure is now firmly inland, just outside the Benetti Yachts shipyard.V. Stanghi, Map of the city of Livorno circa 1860A detail of the same area from a map of Livorno published in Rome around 1860.

13 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Wonderful post VP. Great maps.

Jack said...

Another education at your feet, VP. The photos are really sharp. Well done.

Farmchick said...

Really nice photos. I also love that old map.

Theanne and Baron said...

Great photos of the towers, I like the old maps too, they give an idea of how the towers were placed in relationship to other buildings, bridges, etc. Apparently one of the towers has been moved inland...is the taller one going to be included in the new construction that will be going on!

Kate said...

i appreciate the historical information which you so often include with your unique photos.

Lois Evensen said...

Fascinating. I so enjoy your images.

Randy said...

Wonderful post. I love the old maps too.

VP said...

Theanne - Nobody moved the second tower: the area beyond it was interred up to the lighthouse, which is now linked to the mainland.

cieldequimper said...

Good that some remains are standing, I hope you'll show us how it looks when the building is complete. I hope it'll still look good...

Dina said...

Such different shapes but each tower is beautiful in its own way.

I love old maps.

joo said...

Oh, superb - I love the first one!

EG Wow said...

I like seeing the towers now and how they were situated in the past.

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