Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.93.
Entitled – Brindisi. General View.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Brindisi. – We reach this well-known port of call in thirty-three hours, travelling from Trieste by the steamers of the Austrian Lloyd Company.
This town has a population of 17,000, and formed the termination of the Via Appia.
Virgil died here on his return from Greece, B.C. 19, and it is amusing to note that some ruins near the harbour are still pointed out to credulous visitors as the remains of the house in which the poet breathed his last.
The town was destroyed by Lewis, King of Hungary, in 1348, and again by a fearful earthquake in 1458, which buried most of the inhabitants beneath the ruins.
Brindisi is now an important station on the route to the East, and its extensive harbour has been entirely restored, so that the great P. and O. liners can enter and lie at the quay itself.
The northern arm of the harbour once bounded the town and extended far into the land, producing malaria, owing to its muddy condition; this part, however, is now quite dry.
The entrance to the harbour is divided into two channels by an island; and, in order to prevent the harbour from being blocked with sand, the north channel has recently been closed by a substantial bulwark of stone.
The quarantine establishment and a small fort are situated on the island.
On a slight eminence by one of the quays in the town rises a lofty, unfluted column of Greek marble, with a highly ornate capital, which is supposed to mark the termination of the Appian Way.
There are but a few objects of interest in Brindisi, excepting the Castello, with its massive round tower, and the circular Church of San Giovanni, which was destroyed by an earthquake in the 11th century, and which will soon be turned into a museum.
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