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Fontana del Cane, Rome

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Fontana del Tritone is a seventeenth-century fountain in Rome, by the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Commissioned by his patron, Pope Urban VIII, the fountain is located in the Piazza Barberini, near the entrance to the Palazzo Barberini that Bernini helped to design and construct for the Barberini, Urban's family. This fountain should be distinguished from the nearby Fontana dei Tritoni by Carlo Francesco Bizzaccheri in Piazza Bocca della Verità which features two Tritons.The fountain was executed in travertine in 1642 - 43. At its centre rises a larger than lifesize muscular Triton, a minor sea god of ancient Greco-Roman legend, depicted as a merman kneeling on the sum of four dolphin tailfins. His head is thrown back and his arms raise a conch to his lips; from it a jet of water spurts, formerly rising dramatically higher than it does today. The fountain has a base of four dolphins that entwine the papal tiara with crossed keys and the heraldic Barberini bees in their scaly tails.
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  • Perhaps even more invisible, elusive as it was built to attract human gaze but of our faithful friends; Its realization, it is said, was bound for commissioning of a barman of the famous Gui bar of hotel Ambasciatori, linked to the "Dolce vita" in the years 40 or 50. A bas-relief depicting a dog's snout embellishes the concave travertine fountain with the inscription ABC.
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  • The legend tells about a certain Mister Charlie, who before the second world war, liked to spend time in the bar "Gui" Hotel Ambasciatori ". He invariably accompanied by two huge dogs and occasionally was forced to leave the institution to find a water source for their pets. The bar owners have decided to meet for a regular customer and in 1940, they built a small fountain, which solved the problem of not only dogs, Mister Charlie, but many pet owners strolling down the street. Directly above the niche is a bas-relief depicting a dog (snout with his tongue hanging out and the front legs), and over her bulging letters ABC-second more popular title bar. It is the smallest fountain in Rome. Water in it comes from Marcia aqueduct (the Aqua Marcia), which was built in 140-144 b.c., had a length of 11 km and was considered to be the longest of the 11 aqueducts of ancient Rome. About this fountain I read before travelling to Rome and because it was close to our hotel and visited him. Ahead of us on the street, the dog was suddenly the dog Dove for flowers. Then I saw this fountain. Could miss. But as the dog saw water is an interesting spectacle. Sorry no time to photograph. Apparently the dog fountain is in demand. Visibly and learn where it is.
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