All roads lead to Rome.
They say that all roads lead to Rome! I say all roads lead to a fountain in Rome. Did you know that Rome has over 280 fountains? It is not surprising that most tourists only visit the more famous ones, like the Trevi fountain. That is exactly what I did when I visited Rome. Luckily I also stumbled upon other fountains like the one in front of the Pantheon building. In Italian it is called the “Fontana del Pantheon“.
We were on our way to visit the famous Pantheon building when I saw this fountain. There was something odd about it and I couldn´t place my finger on it. Now only I realise it must have been the obelisk that hovers over it. It looks like a skyscraper. It was almost impossible to get a clear shot of the fountain at the time. There are just too many people hanging around it, especially when the weather is good. My advice is to go there in the evening and take your photo. I went back there one evening to do just that.
The Pantheon fountain is a very artistic fountain.
The other thing that was mind boggling were the statues. Four sea creatures are depicted in this fountain.It is very difficult to tell exactly what they are: fish, dolphins or sea monsters. In the front is a seashell.That I could make out. Different types of marble have been used and sadly they are eroding away and many clumsy repair works are evident.
Why are there so many fountains in Rome?
The popes who restored the ancient Roman aqueducts used to build fountains to commemorate their deeds of munificence. As a result fountains of all shapes and sizes and with beautiful decorations can be found the city.
This fountain was designed by Jacopo della Porto in 1575 and built by Leonardo Sormani. People are of opinion that this fountains was merely one more in the production line. I can just imagine some council official deciding one day that fountains had to be designed and sculpted for the people of Rome. That could be the only logical explanation for 280 fountains!
Personally I think one could take a whole day to explore the fountains and obelisks in Rome. I love fountains. There is something special about them.
One of the things that give me great pleasure is to scrutinize my photos and see what caught my eye. Fountains must have been one of them because I have a lot of photos. I remember that the Pantheon made a huge impression on me and compared to that this fountain was not that important. Now only after I have read up about the history I find it very intriguing.
Interesting fact about thes The Pantheon fountain.
The sculptor designed this fountain without knowing where it would be placed nor did he have any idea of the surroundings.
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