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Fontana Dei Leoni Egizi, Rome

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  • These two lions sit at the bottom of the Cordonata. These were placed here in 1562 by Pope Pius IV to decorate the stairs. They are now currently fountains but on the day we visited both were dry.  more »
  • The Lions are at the beginning of the steps of the Capitol, coming down this street you will arrive at the Marcello Theatre and to your left you will arrive at the altar of the Fatherland. They are interesting works / fountains of valuable workmanship. You will definitely see them being in an area of the most famous of the city.
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  • There are Egyptian lions at the base of the stairway leading to the Capitol. In Rome, nothing is there by accident... In the Christian tradition, the lion is a symbol of strength, courage and wisdom. I don't know how many will have noticed them. Maybe only in the hot season, since from their jaws gusts fresh water. And I don't think it's just legend that, at particular ceremonies like the election of a new Pope, from the mouth of lions, instead of water, wine flowed. "The one white et the other red, with great sollacy of the people who of all sexes age competed with cup and flannels to drink cheerfully, et others to race, and by force of fists they advanced to buy it with the panza and with mugs". How much I love her, this town!
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  • Wonderfull
  • Beautiful.
  • fresh water at anytime
  • The two Egyptian lions, placed at the base of the Capitoline "Cordonata", coming from the temple of Isis, were donated in the XVI century by Pope Pius VI of the Medici to the Roman people to adorn the Michelangelo's staircase leading to the Capitol. For them Giacomo Della Porta designed the appropriate bases and vases for collecting the water that flowed from the Cannelle placed in the mouth of the Lions. Unfortunately the original trays were destroyed towards the end of 1800 and then the Lions to avoid further acts of vandalism were placed in the Capitoline museums (they were replaced with copies). Finally, in 1956, they were again placed in their original location and the collection pots were rebuilt. Now you can again admire them in their "majestic" beauty. Note: In the past there was a strange custom concerning the use of the two lions, which made them well liked by the Roman people, in fact on special occasions such as the arrival of a new ambassador at the Capitol or on the occasion of the election of a pontiff from the two fountains The wine poured out (white on one side and red on the other) to the delight of all.
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  • These two beautiful sculptures of ancient origin were placed on site in 1562 donated by Pope Sixtus IV. Fueled with water fountains in 1587 became happy. Towards the end of the nineteenth century as a result of vandalism were removed and kept in the Capitoline museums ... returned where we see today only in 1956.
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