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"Crowning Glory : Fountain of the Tiara" Top 5 Page for this destination Fontana delle Tiare Tip by von.otter

Fontana delle Tiare, Rome: 1 reviews and 1 photos

  Fontana delle Tiare, 31.December.1997
by von.otter

“The last Pope to be crowned was Paul VI in 1963, but after the solemn coronation ceremony he never used the tiara again and left his Successors free to decide in this regard. Pope John Paul I, whose memory is so vivid in our hearts, did not wish to have the tiara; nor does his Successor wish it today. This is not the time to return to a ceremony and an object considered, wrongly, to be a symbol of the temporal power of the Popes. Our time calls us, urges us, obliges us to gaze on the Lord and immerse ourselves in humble and devout meditation on the mystery of the supreme power of Christ himself.”
— Pope John Paul II (1928-2005) his explanation to the congregation at his Inauguration why he would not be crowned with the papal tiara.

The Fontana delle Tiare, Fountain of the Tiara, can be found just outside the colonnade that forms St. Peter’s Square, at the corner of Via di Porta Angelica in Colonnato Square.

Designed by Pietro Lombardi (1894-1984), and built in 1927, it is decorated with the keys of St. Peter and four papal tiaras, the largest of which bears the coat of arms of Rome and that of the Borgo District. Its base is divided into three parts; three shell-shaped tanks collect the water that falls from each of the three spigots.

Its construction, along with a dozen other fountains, was meant to spruce up the Eternal City.

Address: Largo del Colonnato, 00193 Roma

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