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Regio I - Tor Boacciana

This tower is to the west of Ostia, near the ancient Tiber mouth. It can be found near the modern bridge (Ponte della Scafa) that crosses the Tiber, leading to Fiumicino airport. The lower part was built in the Trajanic period (suggested by brick stamps), and the building was probably a lighthouse.

The upper part is medieval. The name Boacciana comes from the Bovazzani-family, who owned the land near the tower in the twelfth century. They made modifications to the building, using Roman bricks. The tower was rebuilt by pope Martin V in 1420, and now served as a watch-tower.


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The tower seen from the north-east, from Ponte della Scafa.
Photograph: Jeff Veitch.


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The east side of the tower.
Photograph: Jeff Veitch.


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The east side of the tower.
Photograph: Jeff Veitch.


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Detail of the lower part of the east side of the tower.
Photograph: Jeff Veitch.



The south side of the tower.
Photograph: Google Earth.


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The west side of the tower.
Photograph: Jeff Veitch.


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Detail of Roman masonry.
Photograph: Jeff Veitch.


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Detail of Roman masonry.
Photograph: Jeff Veitch.

[jthb - 22-Jun-2014]