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Fontana della Botte, Rome

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The Fontana della Pigna or simply Pigna is a former Roman fountain which now decorates a vast niche in the wall of the Vatican facing the Cortile della Pigna, located in Vatican City, in Rome, Italy.
Composed of a large bronze pine cone almost four meters high which once spouted water from the top, the Pigna originally stood near the Pantheon next to the Temple of Isis. It was moved to the courtyard of the Old St. Peter's Basilica during the Middle Ages and then moved again, in 1608, to its present location.
The courtyard where it stands was originally part of the Cortile del Belvedere, designed by Donato Bramante to connect the palace of Pope Innocent VIII with the Sistine Chapel. When Bramante died, architect Pirro Ligorio finished the project and added the wall and niche to close the courtyard. Construction of the Vatican Library divided the Cortile del Belvedere into two areas. The upper part of the courtyard, the Cortile della Pigna, takes its name from the fountain.
The bronze peacocks on either side of the fountain are copies of those decorating the tomb of the Emperor Hadrian, now the Castel Sant'Angelo. The original peacocks are in the Braccio Nuovo Museum.
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  • The fountain located on Via della Cisterna, framed in a travertine arch, that consists of a base with a wine barrel (“the keg”) from which the water pours into the vat. It was built in 1927 by Pietro....  more »
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  • Nice barrel where fresh water gushes. Typical Roman fountain in a Roman quarter, Trastevere. Unfortunately, there is also a lack of respect for works of art.
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  • It is said to be the only water the Romanists drank. I attach photos of the 1930s
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