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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  • After walking to nearby Gelateria my wife an I happened upon this beautiful fountain and Sat down on a park bench making some memories we won’t soon forget. Lighting is perfect here for romantic...  more »
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