The photo is part of a series which represents one of the earliest examples of war reportage. Right after the 1849 Siege of Rome, Stefano Lecchi, with horse and cart in tow, was touring the Roman landmarks post-siege - including these walls on the Janiculum Hill - which the fighting armies had turned into military outposts during the battle.Please notice that on the exact location of the breech two commemorative plaques can be found (only one visible in the photo): one put by the Pope in 1849 when the French allowed him to return to the Vatican and one put by the Italian state in 1870, when Rome was finally taken by the Italian army and became part of the Italian state. I find it quite ironic that the two plaques are one next to the other.
Wow! Great pictures and a very interesting historic background. Thanks a lot for taking the time to share your work. (Now I have to read up on the Siege of Rome in 1849 on Wikipedia and related topics... ;-) )
I love seeing pictures that old. Thanks for sharing!
my pleasure guys! Those years in the history of Rome are very interesting, the Pope did not give up his kingdom easily ;)