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?There are some who say that this fountain is too magnificent for the square where it stands and for the poor people who will benefit from it.?
? Giovanni Mario Crescimbeni (1663-1728) named canon of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in 1705 by Pope Clement XI
Here in the former cattle market of Ancient Rome Pope Clement XI undertook a city beautification program. He commissioned Carlo Bizzaccheri, an architect from Perugia, to design a fountain; it would be the centerpiece the square opposite the basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. On 11.August.1717 work began. The cornerstone was blessed and medals to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the church?s namesake, and to St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water were cemented in place along with the stone.
Bizzaccheri based the overall design on Pope Clement?s Albani family crest, an eight-pointed star above three hills. The octagonal basin uses the star and the rocks within the basin are the three hills.
The travertine fountain shows two powerful, scaly tritons, carved by Francesco Moratti, and a group of rocky outcroppings, carved by Filippo Bai, rising from its center. The tritons, kneeling back-to-back with their tails entwined, raise their arms to support a seashell-shaped basin. The basin also has Pope Clement?s coat-of-arms carved on opposite sides. In the center of this shell are three small mounds from which the water rises.
On the day that Fontana dei Tritoni was dedicated, His Holiness Pope Clement XI arranged for food and money to be distributed to the more than 60 people who had worked on building the fountain, all of whom were gathered in the square for the occasion.
Address: Piazza della Bocca della Verita
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