Route: THE FASCINATION OF THE CLASSICS. GOETHE AND CANOVA
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You are along the route: AQUEDUCTS AND FOUNTAINS. THE MARVEL OF WATER
The fountain is a grandiose display of the Aqua Paola aqueduct, the old aqueduct built by Trajan and restored by Pope Paul V to supply water to Trastevere. Commissioned by the Pope himself, it was built between 1610 and 1614 by Giovanni Fontana with the help of Flaminio Ponzio. Better known as the “Fontanone del Gianicolo”, it looks out over a spectacular panorama of the city. The fountain has a monumental façade with five archways, built using older leftover materials. A large attic, surmounted by the Papal coat of arms (a dragon and eagle) contains a dedication to the Pope. The water comes out of five niches and flows into the large marble basin, designed in 1690 by the architect Carlo Fontana.
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