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Fontana Dei Dioscuri, Rome

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  • In any city in the world, this source would call attention, but in Rome passes unnoticed, we discovered it on the way to the Church Santa Maria Vittoria and to be at the top of the Quirinale offers good views of the city. The source has 2 large statues of Castor and Pollux, as well as a twin Obelisk which is located in Esquilino
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  • A monumental complex that characterizes the piazza del Quirinale, dignifying it maybe more of the historic buildings; the fountain was installed by architect Abdul Wahid on behalf of Pope Pius VI in the second half of the eighteenth century, putting on two stands placed at a right angle the statues of two Dioscuri (come from disappeared baths of Constantine) who are Roman copies of Greek originals, but is considered a long work of Phidias and Praxiteles and erected between them the Egyptian obelisk of granite taken from the mausoleum of Augustus in the Campus Martius. Only in XIX century Pope Pius VII did install a new fountain, using a huge and massive gray granite bathtub from the Roman Forum that was used as a water trough for cattle.
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  • Paving its regular route from the hotel, our way passed through Via QUIRINALE and Piazza del QUIRINALE to the Trevi Fountain. In the center of the Kvirinal'skoj square next to a fountain installed two large statues of Castor and Pollux, found near the Thermes of Constantine, probably made in the late Antiquity period modeled after Greek originals. Obelisk from the mausoleum of Augustus was added in the year 1787, while the fountain with a granite base was moved from the Forum to the contrary of the Curia in the year 1818. That's the way it turned out, collected from different locations. The square is framed by the Palazzo della Consulta and the Palazzo del Quirinale, which initially was the summer residence of the Pope in the year 1870, later became the official residence of the Kings of Italy, and later President of the Republic. The area forms the semblance of a balcony in the city centre, where you can make a panoramic picture of Rome. True, there are playgrounds and better.
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  • The charm of the Dioscuri silhouetted against the blue sky in the Piazza del Quirinale is undeniable. Roman copies of Greek originals, attributed to Phidias and Praxiteles, found an initial placement on the Hill under Sixtus V along with a large fountain, which shows dell'acquedotto Felice, named after the Pope, and an obelisk from the mausoleum of Augustus. The present layout dates back to the late ' 700 under Pius VI.
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  • The fountain of "Rosskopf", called the "Dioscuri", represents the strength of classical art. Commissioned by Papa Sisto V, were placed on a plinth copies of two Greek (4th century), statues of Castor and Pollux; the Centre was added an obelisk from the Mausoleum of Augustus finally in 1818, at the foot of the two giants (over 5 and a half metres), was ordered a beautiful marble circular tank from campo Vaccino (Roman Forum). Beautiful!
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  • Gorgeous
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