"Piazza Navona" Rome Off The Beaten Path Tip by TRimer

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by TRimer

I highly recommended visiting and eatting at the Piazza Navona. Here the real attraction of the square is the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, dated 1651. The rivers represented in the fountain are the Danube, the Ganges, the Nile and the Rio de la Plata. They are arranged on a steep rocky reef from which a Roman obelisk taken from the Circus of Maxentius daringly rises up into the air. Popular tradition has it that the sculptures on the fountain symbolize the rivalry between Bernini and Borromini, who were the most important artists in 17th century Rome. Borromini built the church of Sant? Agnese in Agone, which stands in front of Bernini?s Fountain. For this reason the personified Rivers seem to cover their faces, not to see Borromini?s ?horrible? work.

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  • Updated Jan 30, 2006
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