Monday, March 17, 2014

Not so round and chubby

This is the Roman Well in Kalemegdan Park that I showed you before, with a lock inscribed with Buby and Beby's names, whoever they may be. Sorry to say that the lock has been removed, the door repainted, and the inside corridors fixed up for tourists. First sprucing up in seven years.

 I have also found out that contrary to its nickname of Roman Well, it was actually built between 1717 and 1731 by the Austrians who ruled Belgrade at that time.  The confusion came when the Serbian rebels, who took back Kalemegdan fortress from the Ottomans in the 19th century, believed mistakenly that all constructions dated back to Roman times.

To top things off, it's not really a well at all, but rather a cistern.  The water within does not come from an underground spring, but is simply stored there.

It looks fat and chubby here, but that's thanks to my fisheye lens.

Daily Haiku
 Not everything is
What it appears to be
Seek the truth within

10 comments:

Olivier said...

l'utilisation du fisheye est tres sympa

Lowell said...

I'm a fan of the fisheye effect. An interesting photo and I appreciated the historical commentary. Funny it's called a well when it's merely a cistern.

Bob Crowe said...

So, don't believe everything you hear.

Looks like you were using a wide angle lens. I like how it bulges out. Looks like something inside is about to explode.

Luis Gomez said...

Really good!

Linda said...

Funny about the name. But I like the picture!

Thérèse said...

Ah on remet les choses a leur place. Je croyais a la legende que c'etait un puit et que l'eau etait la tout au fond tres tres profondement. Merci pour ces details.
Quand meme la porte fait un peu neuve...

Alexa said...

Note to self: Never let anyone photograph you with a fisheye lens! Although "round and chubby" is a good look for this cistern.

Gaelyn said...

Awesome looking building.

William Kendall said...

I like the look of it. It feels enduring.

Tamera said...

I love your little history lessons :^) (And cool shot, I love playing with a fisheye!)