Fontana della Barcaccia, Piazza di Spagna - Rome, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member ArktiS
N 41° 54.347 E 012° 28.934
33T E 291169 N 4642381
Quick Description: Fontana della Barcaccia - in English: Fountain of the Old Boat - is a situated in Piazza di Spagna, just below the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (The Spanish Steps).
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 11/4/2009 4:57:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM7KAD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 63

Long Description:
Fontana della Barcaccia - in English: Fountain of the Old Boat - is a Baroque fresh-water fountain in Piazza di Spagna, just below the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (The Spanish Steps). It is so named because it is in the shape of a half-sunken ship with water overflowing its bows.

The fountain was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII and was completed in 1627 by Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The shape was chosen because, prior to the river walls being built, the Tiber often flooded and in 1598 there was a particularly bad flooding and the Piazza di Spagna was flooded up to a meter. Once the water withdrew, a boat was left behind in the square.
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