The Fountain of the Four Rivers is in the center of Piazza Navona . It was built between 1648 and 1651 from marble and ... More
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
The Fountain of the Four Rivers is in the center of Piazza Navona . It was built between 1648 and 1651 from marble and travertine by Bernini. The fountain represents a large rock, which seems to emerge from the water on which an Egyptian obelisk from the Roman era stands. The rock is inhabited by allegorical animals and plants and decorated with the coat of arms of the Pamphili family. Four large statues represent rivers of the then-known areas of the world: the Danube for Europe, the Ganges for Asia, the Rio de la Plata for America, and the Nile for Africa. The last is covering its eyes so as not to see the iniquities taking place before it in the square, the commerce practiced by merchants and tradesmen.
The Fontana dei Tritoni by Francesco Bizzaccheri is located in the Boario Forum, in a grassy space in front of
the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, situated between two ancient temples known respectively as the Temple of Male ...
Via della Conciliazione is surrounded by large buildings that belonged to rich families or groups: for example, the building known
as the Palazzo dei Convertendi was the one on which the Oriental Congregation rebuilt its palace. The building is ...
Tradition has it that throwing a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain guarantees a swift return to the
world's most beautiful city. Anita Ekberg's dip in it was immortalized in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Earlier Fontana ...