In Byzantine Greek, the term kontoúra allowed to allude to a type of boat with short tail. That word came to Italian as gondola, which is the closest etymological antecedent of gondola.
A gondola is a small boat lacking deck and poles. Used mainly in Venice (Italy), the gondolas have a float in its central part and at present they are usually used for recreational purposes.
The gondolier It is who is in charge of the propulsion and driving of the gondola through its rowing. In VeniceThese elongated and narrow ships were the most important means of transport for many centuries, facilitating movement through the canals.
In the 18th century thousands of gondolas came to navigate the Venetian canals. At the end of the following century, however, its manufacture was abandoned and its use was reduced, being replaced by boats motor.
With regard to the physical characteristics of the Venetian gondola, we can say that it is large and thin, with a clear asymmetry in its contour that makes propulsion easier using a single oar. In addition, a longitudinal curvature is appreciated that has the purpose of reducing the contact area with the Water to the minimum possible.
To support the oar, the gondola has a kind of fork made of walnut wood, a very common tree in Europe. Thanks to the complexity of its form, the gondolier can perform up to eight different maneuvers, among which are the advance, the slow rowing, Brake, turning and backward navigation, which is known by the name of ciar, a verb used in the field of nautical.
A gondola is also called furniture that allows the display of different elements. The markets and the supermarkets, in this framework, they resort to gondolas to expose their products.
Customers, therefore, walk the aisles of the establishment to see the products displayed in the gondolas, which appear located next to their price. If a person wants to buy an item, they must take it from the gondola and take it to the checkout to make the corresponding payment. This means that markets and supermarkets usually work under the modality of self service (Each buyer has to take the products they want directly from the gondola, and not request them from a seller).
Again in the field of vehicles, the term gondola also refers to a type of railway which receives various other names, such as railbus, railcar, railbus, light motor car Y look for him. It is a very light vehicle that can have between one and four units. It is propelled by the action of a group of electric or thermal motors.
In the field of literature, on the other hand, we have the poetic collection entitled Funeral gondola, written by Tomas Tranströmer, a renowned Swedish author. The title was chosen in honor of The gloomy gondola, A piece of Franz Liszt. Broadly speaking, the work deals with the poet’s difficulty to continue with his passion after having suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
In large cities, gondolas for facade maintenance, platforms that are suspended by using ropes connected to a mechanism to move them in a vertical direction. Its use is linked to building repair and restoration work, but also for cleaning walls and windows. They are especially useful for treating high-rise structures, and can be easily tailored to the specific characteristics of each building, which affects its design, manufacture and installation.