As a little break from my recent desert photos, I decided to review and reprocess some old photos - so I bring you today Terrazza Mascagni in Livorno (Italy), a place that I already show almost two years ago, but without the most recognized characteristic of the place (the checkered surface).
Some background to this somewhat abstract place: the area that this terrace occupy today was a fortress on ancient times that was demolished after the unification of Italy, in 1872. Then the esplanade on the local was used briefly as a heliotherapy asylum (in the 1800's it was belived that sun light could treat diseases like tuberculosis and metal illness) until 1896 when the "Eden" amusement park was constructed in the place (where the first public cinema show in Italy was held.
The terrace itself was build in 1925, as part of plans of revitalization of the city, based on a design by Enrico Salvais - the place suffered damage with the bombings in the WWII and with decades of sea hitting against it and was restaured in the 1990's, including it's abstract checkered surface covered by 34.800 squares that cover an area of 8.700 square meters.
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