The Lion Fountain - Floriana, Malta
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 35° 53.469 E 014° 30.285
33S E 455302 N 3971988
Quick Description: The Lion Fountain is stop #13 on the Floriana Heritage Trail. It is located on a traffic island in the middle of St. Anne Street in Floriana, Malta.
Location: Malta
Date Posted: 1/22/2017 5:24:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMTY93
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 3

Long Description:

The lion on this baroque fountain has been the guardian of Floriana since 1728. A lion is seated on an elaborate base above a large fountain. He is holding a crowned shield in its right paw. The dado in front of the base is inscribed in Latin:

ACCOLIS VALLETTAE
IN DIES AUGESCENTIB
EM M.M.D. ANTONIUS
MANOELDE VILHENA
PR. POLULI STUDIOS.
SUBURBIUM CONCESSIT
FONTEMQ. TRIBUI JUSSIT
AN. SAL. MDCCXVIII

An information sign on the sidewalk gives the following history of the fountain:

This is a baroque fountain topped by a lion. The lion was part of the coat of arms of Grand Master Vihena and is now the sole figure of the Floriana's coat of arms. It has "guarded" the town since 1728. The inscriptions in Latin found at the bottom part of the fountain say "To the increasing population of this suburb, Grand Master Don Anton Manuel De Vihena, who holds the inhabitants so close to his heart, decreed that this Fountain is erected - 1728". During wartime, the Lion was encased in stone and placed for protection beneath the first arcade in St. Anne Street. Later on, it was kept for preservation by Mr. E. Falzon at his Express Garage in St. Anne Square. The fountain was reconstructed in 1958 and started functioning again on 1st January 1959.

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