• June 14, 2018

Fountain of Four Rivers

Fountain of Four Rivers

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A majestic fountain, built in the heart of the beautiful baroque Piazza Navona by John Lorenzo Bernini, one of the most outstanding Baroque architects of his time. The fountain consists of four figures each one of them representing a river of the four known continents that time. We can see the Danube for the European continent, the Ganges for Asia, the Rio de la Plata for America, and the Nile for Africa. The last mentioned statue has its face covered. It symbolizes the mystery of the African continent and of the Nile itself. Above the sculptures representing the rivers rises an Egyptian obelisk. The construction of the Fountain was sponsored by one of the wealthiest families in Rome – Pamphili. The symbol of this family is a dove with a branch in the beak. To prove that this family sponsored the fountain, you can see the dove on top of the obelisk.