Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Fountain of Neptune at the Piazza Navona

Fountain at the Piazza Navona 5
Fountain at the Piazza Navona 5, originally uploaded by mharrsch.
After touring Hadrian's Tomb we walked on to the Piazza Navona and I had two ornate fountains to photograph.

The Piazza Navona is exceptionally long and owes its shape to the ruins that formed it, for under the buildings that surround Piazza Navona are the remains of the Circus Domitianus, Domitian's stadium. In ancient times the stadium was the site of the Agonal games, from which the present piazza takes its name by corruption from "in agone" to "n'agone" to "navone" and finally "navona". - Roma Interactive

The basin of the fountain of Neptune was originally sculpted in 1576 by Giacomo della Porta. The figural statues were added three centuries later.

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