Fontana in Piazza dei Quiriti, Rome

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Piazza dei Quiriti is a plaza in Rome in the middle of the Prati rione. It is named after the inhabitants of the city of "Cures" or "Quirites", namely the Sabines, inhabitants and co-founders of Rome. Another theory derives the name from the god Quirinus a Roman deity.Church of St. JoachimNear the square stands the church of St. Joachim, completed in 1898 by architect Raffaele Ingami. Its purpose was to solemnize the priestly and episcopal jubilee of Leo XIII.FountainA fountain called the Fountain of the Caryatids is placed in the center, built in 1928 by sculptor Attilio Selva (Trieste 1888–1970). It was commissioned by the governor of Rome, Rieti Veralli Ludovico Spada Potenziani, who had been directed by Mussolini to manage the Capital. The realization of Fontana was considered ”scandalous“ for the presence of the four statues of naked women. The design is thought to be one of the causes that brought Mussolini to dismiss the governor in 1928.The work consists of a circular pool slightly raised above the street level. The protruding edge, the center of which is placed on a large circular base, a convex edge, on which the water slides rather than falls. The base supports a stocky and short baluster, adorned at the top with the leaves or petals relief from which flows the water and in the lower half, with a series of small tanks placed around the circumference of the banister. The latter supports a wide, central, flared basin, whose center is located in a circular base just higher than the tub edge. On the base are four large sitting nude female figures, caryatids, supporting the arms. At the center of the water gushes from a big pine cone.
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  • It is characteristic and particular, but not beautiful... The fountain consists of four marble sculptures depicting four naked women holding the upper pool from where the water comes out... The fountain is located in the middle of the roundabout in the center of the square... Trees cast shade on the fountain... It is possible to sit on benches...
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  • I can miraculously park the car in Quiriti Square and look at the circular garden, happy that recently after the repeated protests of the residents who had denounced the degradation, the fountain in the center has been freed from the mosses, rearranged the small green spaces and planted 3 young cypress trees. The marble and travertine fountain is relatively recent: commissioned by the Governorate of Rome was built in 1928 by the Trieste sculptor Attilio Selva. It is one of the few testimonies in Rome of the decò style, inspired as a composition to the traditional fountains of the sixteenth century. On the plinth is placed a convex bathtub with the center pleasant 4 kneeling female figures who support a basket with a pine cone on top and according to experts their nudity anticipated the cult of the human figure that was typical of the fascist era, nudity but nudity but acaused such a scandal that the inauguration of the fountain was postponed by a few months My living there nearby, in the house where I spent my childhood and Quiriti square is for me full of memories . At that time Prati was a quiet neighborhood on the edge of the old town and the square was considered a bit the small green heart of the neighborhood, where every early morning I would bring my dog before going to school and on the 4 benches they lingered elderly to chat, an urbanistically attractive place with next to the Church of St. Joseph where all the ceremonies of happiness and pain of my life and ward were held, from where you could quickly reach the wonderful Mola Adriana that you can glimpse in the background and that even pleased my love for cinema in knowing that in Piazza dei Quiriti some scenes of "Rome Open City" by Rossellini were filmed. Unfortunately it is now an impossible dream to turn back to look for the trace of that memory and that emotion because today the small garden offers only a fleeting reason to stop, reduced as they demand our times to the rank of simple roundabout for a traffic Crazy.
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  • In the large square of the Quirico is located in the center of a small circular park an old fountain with caryatids We are in the vicinity of the church of San Gioacchino and near the central is always well frequented via cola of ripenso, famous for shopping and shopping
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