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Fontana in Piazza Colonna, Rome

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The fountain in the Piazza Colonna is a fountain in Rome, Italy, designed by the architect Giacomo Della Porta and constructed by the Fiesole sculptor Rocco Rossi between 1575 and 1577.
The fountain was one of a group of sixteen fountains built by Della Porta following the reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine aqueduct, a project begun by Pope Pius IV in 1561 and finished by Pope Pius V in 1570. The fountain itself was built under Pope Gregory XIII, best known for creating the Gregorian calendar. Like the other Roman fountains of its time, it was built to provide clean drinking water to the Roman residents, who before then had to drink the polluted water of the Tiber River. Also like the other fountains of its time, it operated purely by gravity; the source of the water was higher the fountain itself, causing the water to spout into the air.
The water for the fountain first arrived at the old Trevi Fountain, then went two reservoirs at the foot of the butte of San Sebastiancello, then through a series of the channels to the corner of via Condotti and the via del Corso, to Piazza Venezia, to the foot of the column of Marcus Aurelius. The source of the water for the fountain of Piazza Colonna was only 67 feet above sea level; like the Trevi Fountain, the Fontana della Barcaccia, and the fountains of Piazza Navona, all connected to the Acqua Vergine, the fountain of Piazza Colonna was unable to jet water high into the air.
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  • In the middle of the city this great marble fountain really gorgeous. By the way, the point with the obelist behind it, gives some really remarkable glimpses.
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  • Giacomo Della Porta's project is simple and elegant; the large bathtub is made of Chio marble, while the vertical bands with Carrara marble lion head. The interior was later modified, and features dolphins with a braided tail placed inside an open shell. It is located in Piazza Colonna adjacent via del Corso.
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  • The fountain was designed in 1575 in the designer of Pope Gregory VIII by Giacomo della Porta (Giacomo Della Porta). Its construction was performed as part of a project of building fountains, including the Moorish fountain in Piazza Navona. The original syringe contained only the basin in which the lion heads and four small pyramids were embedded. The memorial was Achille Strocchi in 1830 and the two dolphins were added instead of the four pyramids.
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  • Very nice fountain to visit
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  • Not a famous fountain, but the product of several Pope's working over the centuries. Colomn behind it and Obolisk just around the corner are Grand
  • Beautiful place to visit.
  • Almost at the foot of the column of Marcus Aurelius, in a decentrated position with respect to the axes of the square, is placed this beautiful fountain, created by Giacomo della Porta at the request of Gregory XIII. Consisting of a large marble bathtub, the pair of dolphins that emerge from the water are a subsequent nineteenth-century addition. Not To be missed! @gargio76
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