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.Work out when and for how long to visit Fontana della Pigna and other Rome attractions using our handy Rome route builder app.
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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This fountain located on the southwest corner of Piazza di S. Marco and is the symbol of the Rione in which it is located PIGNA. The basin sits below sidewalk level and is cordoned off by 4 stone... more »
It is not the largest, it is not the most intricate, and it is certainly not the most popular. However, it is one of the truly useful fountains and I happen to find it rather cute. more »
Pre Christian symbol of the ‘seat of the soul’ in the human body, the Pineal Gland. Rebranded by the Catholic Church along with many other pre-existing spiritual monuments (see the many thieved Egyptian Obelisks ‘deconsecrated’ and fitted with crucifixs) Rome is an open air museum of reappropriated spiritual technology. Pretty disgusting, but at least its all in one place making it handy to walk around in a day or two.
Life saver on a hot day in Roma. And a perfect way to get hydrated before taking the tram from nearby stop : )
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