Saturday, July 18, 2009

SPQR: Ponte Mazzini

SPQR on the base of a lamp post on the Ponte Mazzini.
The Ponte Mazzini was built between 1904-1908 crossing the Tiber River from the Historic Center into Trastevere, near the Regina Coeli Prison.

SPQR are the first letters of the words in the Latin phrase Senatus Populusque Romanus, "The Senate and the People of Rome." It originally referred to the government of the ancient Roman Republic, and used as an official signature of the government, appearing on coins, stone and metal inscriptions, and on the standards of the Roman legions. SPQR is the motto of the city of Rome and appears in the city's coat of arms, as well as on many of the city's civic buildings, public fountains, and manhole covers.

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