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When I arrived at this small crossroad of the Via del Quirinale and the Via del Quattro Fontane, I wondered why Pope Sixtus V (1585-1590) had ordered to build four fountains at this spot?
Actually this crossroad is the highest point of the Quirinal hill. From here one can see the three obelisks placed by Sixtus V at Santa Maria Maggiore, Trinita dei Monte and Quirinal.
The fountains were included only later in the buildings on the corners among which the church of San Carlo. The distance from corner to corner is rather small so that the perspective is not the best. The present traffic makes the views even worse.

Three of the fountains are from the great architect Domenico Fontana.
The fourth on the north side is by Pietro da Cortona.
Two fountains Il Tevere (Tiber) and Arno show river gods. The two with female figures show Diana and Juno.

Address: Crossroad Via del Quirinale and Via 4 Fontane.

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  • Written Mar 9, 2008
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