Monday, 29 July 2013

The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain

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 Located in the Quirinale district of Rome, the Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous sites in the city. It was constructed by order of Pope Clement XII the between 1732 and 1762 on the ending point of the Roman aqueduct Aqua Virgo. This fountain is dedicated to a number of images involving the Roman gods and symbols of the sea. At the center of Trevi Fountain is the sea god, Neptune, riding a train shaped as a shell and is pulled by two sea horses. As a reference to the volatility of the sea, one of the seahorses is passive, while the other is wild. Other statues surround the fountain as well, each representing different Facets of the natural world. Another statue around the fountain as well, each representing different aspects of nature. The one exception is a figure of Agrippa, the person in charge of building the aqueduct in 19 BC That Tradition states the WHO visitors want to return to Rome in the Their Future Should turn back and toss a coin into the fountain.

Aqua Virgo
Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is situated at the end of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct constructed in 19 BC. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs (approx 20km from Rome) and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water.

Construction of the Fountain
In 1732, Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to create a large fountain at the Trevi Square. A previous undertaking to build the fountain after a design by Bernini was halted a century earlier after the death of Pope Urban VIII. Salvi based his theatrical
The Restive Sea Horse, Trevi Fountain

masterpiece on this design. Construction of the monumental Baroque fountain was finally completed in 1762.

The Fountain
The central figure of the fountain, in front of a large niche, is Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by two sea horses. Each sea horse is guided by a Triton. One of the horses is calm and obedient, the other one restive. They symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea.

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