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Il lavatoio (The public wash tub)

Posted by
L'explorateur (Vancouver, Canada) on 4 March 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

In a quiet square in Bergamo’s Città Alta (upper town) you will see a long marble trough. This is “il Lavatoio”, Bergamo’s public wash tub. Il Lavatoio was built from Zandobbio marble and protected with a cast iron canopy. It was constructed on the orders of the Comune di Bergamo to provide inhabitants of the Città Alta with laundering facilities, to compensate them for the lack of running water in their houses.
The tub came into use in 1891, when the square must have become a lively hub where the women of the Città Alta enjoyed meeting up. Il Lavatoio continued to be used well into the 1950s.


Nella tranquilla piazza Luigi Angelini, in Città Alta a Bergamo, si trova un lungo Lavatoio di marmo. Creato dal marmo di Zandobbio (BG), venne ordinato dal comune di Bergamo per sopperire alla mancanza di acqua corrente in Città Alta e rimase in uso dal 1891 fino agli anni 50. Fu senza dubbio anche un importante punto di ritrovo, di incontri e di chiacchiere. Oggigiorno la piazza è estremamente tranquilla.
Taken on Feb 22, 2011, in Bergamo, Italy.
Scattata il 22 Febbraio 2011, a Bergamo.

NIKON D90 1/80 second F/5.0 ISO 640 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

٭ ƸɼiϾ ٭ from Narbonne, France

nice angle of view, i like the sructures, well find
enjoy your day ☺

4 Mar 2011 7:17am

@٭ ƸɼiϾ ٭: Thanks Eric! Have a good day! :)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

c'est magnifique comme prise de vue et ce lavoir a toute une histoire gravée dans sa pierre. Félicitation pour cette photo 5*

4 Mar 2011 8:47am

@Veronique: Yes, in the silence of this place, you can still hear the voices of the people who used to live there. Thank you so much for your deep comment, Veronique!

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What a great shot and story! Real social history!

4 Mar 2011 9:53am

@CElliottUK: Hey Chris! Your comment makes me so happy! Have a good day! :)

tataray from france, France

Superbe . ))
Belles explications et magnifiques textures anciennes.

4 Mar 2011 1:58pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup, Raymonde!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very interesting and little bit confusing compo ;)

4 Mar 2011 6:11pm

@MARIANA: Thanks Mariana! Why confusing? Too weird angle? :) Or maybe it's not a thing that you see around so often.

Franz from Baden, Austria

excelllent point of view and angle, simone, and very successful focus! i love these communal wash tubs in the south; i remember my grandmother would take her laundry to the mill stream that was running through the village to rinse - and meet other ladies there and gossip ... ;-))

4 Mar 2011 7:05pm

@Franz: Eh eh! You say South, but for me it's North, eh eh! So, wasn't it used in the North of Austria? That's intriguing!

Franz from Baden, Austria

south if viewed from the north = austria! i've seen them as far north as bozen/bolzano, but not in our latitudes, at least not like this!

4 Mar 2011 8:27pm

@Franz: As I said to Mariana (see below), I have seen only 3. Bergamo, Milan and one close to Bolzano :)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

ON, nothing is wrong with picture. Angle is super, but simple - I have never seen a public wash tub :) Maybe I am going to sound stupid - but these stuff I was sure are past, from time of our grandmas ;) Do not laugh please ;)

4 Mar 2011 8:29pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

sorry for typo - it started with NO :)

4 Mar 2011 8:30pm

@MARIANA: Ok, I was about to google "ON", AH AH AH AH! Not kidding! :) I thought, maybe as OMG stands for "Oh My God!", then ON stands for "Oh NO!" :) I can understand that you've never seen one before! I have seen only 2. One in Bergamo and one in Milan. Both in the historical part of the city. I find them fascinating :) I can look at them and imagine the people who used it. The life around it. Thanks for the discussion, Mariana! PS Sorry, I have seen 3. :) One in Trentino, close to Bolzano.

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Buen punto de vista.Saludos.

4 Mar 2011 9:03pm

@Manuel Hompanera: Muchissimas gracias, Manuel! Que bueno leerte aquí! (Mi español es un poco inventado! Perdone.)

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

The low POV works so well here. Terrific composition

7 Mar 2011 11:17pm

1/80 second
ISO 640
75 mm (35mm equiv.)