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St. Patrick's Well

Orvieto, Umbria, Italy, 2013. Also known as 'The Pope's Well' (Pozzo di S. Patrizio), constructed between 1527 and 1537 by architect-engineer Antonio da Sangall...
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Orvieto, Umbria, Italy, 2013. Also known as 'The Pope's Well' (Pozzo di S. Patrizio), constructed between 1527 and 1537 by architect-engineer Antonio da Sangallo the Younger of Florence as requested by Pope Clement VII during the sack of Rome. The pope was concerned that the city's water supply would not be sufficient during a siege. The name was inspired by medieval legends that St. Patrick's Purgatory in Ireland gave access down to Purgatory, indicating something very deep. The architect-engineer Antonio da Sangallo the Younger surrounded the central well shaft with two spiral ramps in a double helix, accessed by two doors, which allowed mules to carry empty and full water vessels separately in downward and upward directions without obstruction. The cylindrical well is 53.15 metres (174.4 ft) deep with a base diameter of 13 metres (43 ft). There are 248 steps and 70 windows provide illumination.
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Anne-Margret
 
Anne-Margret October 28, 2013
Wonderful picture! You have an eye for amazing pictures!
Timbo
 
Timbo October 28, 2013
Jut a great shot.... Well done
shema
 
shema November 24, 2013
very interesting shot and description of a very interesting place
fernandoamato
 
fernandoamato December 12, 2013
Very interesting and outstanding shot
liviamhull
 
liviamhull February 28, 2014
lovely
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sweetpea72 February 28, 2014
Sooo cool :)
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onyanita March 23, 2014
that's so amazing...interesting history and fabulous capture. Nice composition, beautiful colours and textures.
mikemalak
 
mikemalak April 03, 2014
Nice shot!!
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roboto June 07, 2014
Very interesting point of view!
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DannyBarkerPhotography April 01, 2015
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