Fontana Di Piazza Della Rotonda, Rome

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The Piazza della Rotonda is a piazza (city square) in Rome, Italy, on the south side of which is located the Pantheon. The square gets its name from the Pantheon's informal title as the church of Santa Maria Rotonda.HistoryAlthough the Pantheon has stood from antiquity, the area in front of it had over the centuries become choked with a maze of sheds and small shops that had grown up around its columns. These medieval accretions were cleared by order of Pope Eugenius IV (1431–39) and the piazza was laid out and paved. It took its name from the Pantheon, which had been converted in the 7th century AD into a Christian church dedicated to "St. Mary and the Martyrs" but informally known as Santa Maria Rotonda. The piazza is roughly rectangular, approximately 60 meters north to south and 40 meters east to west, with a fountain and obelisk in the center and the Pantheon on the south side.During the 19th century, the piazza was especially noted for its market of bird-sellers, who brought their cages with live parrots, nightingales, owls, and other birds into the piazza. A traveler in 1819 remarked that during Twelfth Night celebrations in Rome the Piazza della Rotonda was "in particular distinguished by the gay appearance of the fruit and cake-stalls, dressed with flowers and lighted with paper lanterns."Charlotte Anne Eaton, an English traveller who visited in 1820, was much less impressed with the piazza and deplored how a visitor would find himself "surrounded by all that is most revolting to the senses, distracted by incessant uproar, pestered with a crowd of clamorous beggars, and stuck fast in the congregated filth of every description that covers the slippery pavement... Nothing resembling such a hole as this could exist in England; nor is it possible that an English imagination can conceive a combination of such disgusting dirt, such filthy odours and foul puddles, such as that which fills the vegetable market in the Piazza della Rotonda at Rome." An 1879 Baedeker guidebook noted that the "busy scene" of the piazza "affords the stranger opportunities of observing the characteristics of the peasantry."
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  • It is the fountain that is located in the square of the same name in front of the Pantheon. It is composed of a richly decorated bathtub and in the middle an obelisco equally rich in detail.
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  • Fontana del Pantheon is a beautiful structure topped with an Egyptian obelisk in the center of Piazza della Rotonda... The fountain was built by Giacomo Della Port under Pope Gregory XIII in 1575, and the Egyptian obelisk was founded by the efforts of the sculptor Filippo Barijoni a century and a half later, in 1711, under Pope Clement XI... Since then, the fountain has been an interesting Roman tourist attraction... And especially for those of them who can sit for hours on the steps of the fountain, making it incredibly difficult for other tourists to consider the fountain closer...
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  • This is a very nice fountain by the Pantheon. When visiting the Pantheon, you can see it, but I wouldn't make a special trip for it  more »
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