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Fontana del Timone, 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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  • This is not a thing. There are lots of beautiful old fountains in Rome. This is not one of them. It’s not old, it’s not interesting. You can look at it while you are waiting at the stoplight to...  more »
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  • Built in the 20s of the twentieth century. One of the 8 local fountains, which are located in various places in Rome
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  • This travertine fountain, although situated in the Trastevere district, represents the Rione Ripa in the rudder symbol. It is located on the San Michele complex. From the center of the rudder comes out the water that pours a semicircular basin. Cup-shaped. On the sides there are two coats of arms that represent the municipality of Rome with the inscription SPQR. The fountain was built in the thirties and is part of the series of the Rional Fontanelles, designed by the architect Pietro Lombardi and was built in front of the disappeared port of Ripa Grande, NOTE 1 Meaning of SPQR from the Latin "Senatvs Popvlvs Qve Romanvs". In Italian "The Senate and the Roman people". NOTE 2 The Fountains of the DISTRICTS: They are very characteristic and are adorned with the emblem or symbols characteristic of the district that represent were commissioned in 1926 by the Governor of Rome, and the task was assigned to Pietro Lombardi, the architect who had already built the fountain of Amphorae of Testaccio, performed them in about three years. Here is the list of the remaining fountains: 1) FOUNTAIN OF AMPHORAE-R. TESTACCIO 2) FONTANA DEL TIMONE-R. RIPA 3) FOUNTAIN OF THE BARREL-R. TRASTEVERE 4) FONTANA DELLE TIARE-R. BORGO 5) FOUNTAIN OF CANNONBALLS-R. BORGO 6) FOUNTAIN OF BOOKS-R. Sant'Eustacchio 7) FOUNTAIN OF THE ARTISTS-R. CAMPO MARZIO 8) FONTANA DELLA PIGNA-R. PIGNA 9) FONTANA DEI MONTI-R. MONTI
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