The waters of the Tiber made the island look like a boat. By the way, the only island along the entire length of the river. Usually a fortress is created on the island, around which the city is already growing. Such as in Paris around Cite, in Moscow or in New York around Manhattan. It turned out differently in Rome. Tiberina turned out to be on the contrary a place where they did not want to settle. There is a legend that the body of the Roman tyrant king Tarquin the Proud was allegedly buried here. Subsequently, the strategy of psychological repression continued to operate. Here the Romans organized a hospital for plague patients - the temple of Aesculapius. Gradually, the island ceases to be a cursed place and acquires a high status. The temple of Aesculapius has not survived to this day. In its place, in 988, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III created the Church of St. Bartholomew.Otto approached the matter thoroughly, even transporting the remains of the apostle here. Imaginary or real is the question. However, the church that we see has nothing to do with the original one. Otto's church was washed away by a flood in 1557. The current one was built in 1624. In addition to the church, there was even a papal residence in the Torre dei Pierleoni, which now doesn`t make an impression comparable to, for example, the castle of Sant'Angelo. After the flood , the Romans remembered the original medical glory of the island and the hospital was opened here in 1584 . With the wonderful name Ospedale Fatebenefratelli ("Brothers, do good"). In addition, you can look at the bridges. They are the oldest here. However, only one arch remains of the oldest Ponte Rotto. The bridges leading to the island from the Jewish ghetto are called Ponte Fabricio, and the one leading to Trastevere is Ponte Cestio. They were also built before BC, but subsequently rebuilt many times and it is difficult to distinguish the antique part in them.