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Fontana dell'acqua Felice, Rome

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The Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, also called the Fountain of Moses, is a monumental fountain located in the Quirinale District of Rome, Italy. It marked the terminus of the Acqua Felice aqueduct restored by Pope Sixtus V. It was designed by Domenico Fontana and built in 1585-88.
At the beginning the reign of Pope Sixtus V (born Felice Peretti) in 1585, only one of the ancient Roman aqueducts which brought water to the city, the Aqua Vergine, was still being maintained and working. Everyone in Rome who wanted clean drinking water had to go to the single fountain near the site of today's Trevi Fountain. Pope Sixtus took on the responsibility of restoring other aqueducts, including the Acqua Alessandrina, which he renamed Acqua Felice after himself. The new fountain that marked the terminus of the restored aqueduct was the first new monumental wall fountain in Rome since antiquity.
The initial effort to build the aqueduct, by architect Matteo Bartolini, was a failure: Bartolini miscalculated the incline of the channel, so the flow of water was much less than needed reach the Quirinal Hill, the intended site of its terminal fountain. Giovanni Fontana took over the building of the aqueduct, which was completed by June 1587. A fountain was constructed by architect engineer Domenico Fontana in the form of an ancient Roman triumphal arch. It featured, as ancient Roman fountains did, an inscription honoring its builder, Pope Sixtus, beneath angels holding the papal coat of arms. Within each of the three arches were sculptures on Old Testament subjects. The central arch featured a large statue of Moses, made in 1588 by Leonardo Sormani and Prospero da Brescia. To the left is Aaron, sculpted by Giovanni Battista della Porta and to the right is Joshua sculpted by Flaminio Vacca and Pietro Paolo Olivieri. Water flows from the statues into basins, where four lions are spouting water.
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  • A beautiful fountain built into the wall of the building. Monumental sculptures of the Gods, good pressure of water, beautiful glare.
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  • Built by Pope Sixtus V, it marked the end of an aqueduct that brought the vital fluid to the city. It was built taking "borrowed" from other monuments, such as the baths of Diocletian or the Pantheon, some pieces
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  • He has the misfortune of being in Rome, that is, I mean that if he were in another city, he would receive more consideration. However, when it was completed, it received even heavy criticism to the point that the sculptor of Moses of the central arch, committed himself to shame, given the weight of the comparison with the much more well-known Moses of Michelangelo. The work is, however, majestic and noteworthy in my opinion
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  • Very beautiful fountain, also called the fountain of Moses as there is his sculpture.
  • This is really a paradise
  • Beautiful, but a bit dirty due to traffic.
  • Very beautiful, a little dirty though.
  • It is a beautiful fountain, saddly not a good location - street with a lot of autovehicles between the fountain and a descent place for pictures, but yes. Beautiful!
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