Dolphins and lions in the shadow of the Column

You are along the route: THE ZOO OF WONDERS. STONE ANIMALS

Piazza Colonna
Always visible.

Piazza Colonna is named after the ancient column dedicated to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, he who is represented on horseback in piazza del Campidoglio. Close to the column, there is an elegant fountain, designed by Giacomo Della Porta, with a large marble basin, supported by small lions’ heads hidden under the edges. Two groups of dolphins, added to the fountain in the nineteenth century, emerge from the water.
Christian iconography used the dolphin, a pure animal, in two fundamental ways: to represent the soul entering safe port through the marine waters of existence and as an image of Christ himself, to whom the lion is also associated, as a symbol of courage and energetic force used against evil.

Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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How to get the step: Dolphins and lions in the shadow of the Column

Piazza Colonna, 00186 Roma, Italy


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