Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno), Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vraatja
N 41° 53.990 E 012° 28.380
33T E 290384 N 4641742
Quick Description: One of three magnificent fountains on one of the most famous and arguably the most beautiful of Rome's squares - Piazza Navona.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 8/23/2010 1:39:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM9HJW
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member huggy_d1
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Long Description:
The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) is a beatiful fountain located at the north end of the Piazza Navona. It was once called "Fontana dei Calderari" because it was located close to a small alley with blacksmith's workshops, makers of pots and pans and of other metal based businesses, all of them generating heat.
The basin part of the Fontana del Nettuno, (without the sculptures) was designed in 1574 by Giacomo Della Porta, who also designed the Moor Fountain at the other side of the Navona square. It was sponsored by pope Gregory XIII. The lower part of the basin consists of white marble and the upper part of the local stone from Pietrasanta. For the next 300 years, the fountain survived without statues.
The fountain as it exists today was finally completed in 1878 by Antonio della Bitta, who added the imposing sculpture of "Neptune fighting with an octopus" and Gregorio Zappalà, who created the other sculptures, based on the mythological theme of the "Nereids with cupids and walruses". Statuary was added following a competition in 1873, in order to balance the statuary of the Moor Fountain on the south side of the piazza and of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) at its centre.
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