It represents per Moor, or African (perhaps originally meant esatto be Neptune), standing mediante verso conch shell, wrestling with a dolphin, surrounded by four Tritons
I would recommend going sopra the mornings, as it is much quieter, and the sellers are not about sopra the mornings! Don’t miss an Italian ice cream sitting at the posh “3 Scalini” (3 steps) restaurant or, better, buy Tartufo mediante 9.5 euros (see Tip below). We shall pass through Foro Navona sopra many of our trips mediante Rome .
It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built con 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans came there come funziona livejasmin onesto watch the agones (“games”), and hence it was known as “Circus Agonalis” (“competition fase”). It is believed that over time the name changed puro durante avone sicuro navone and eventually onesto Navona.
Sorgente dei quattro fiumi (four rivers) or Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, brought here mediante pieces from the Circus of Maxentius. The segno of the fountain is verso basin from the centre of which rocks rise puro support four river gods and above them, an ancient Egyptian obelisk surmounted with the Pamphili family emblem of a luogo with an olive twig. Collectively, they represent four major rivers of the four continents through which papal authority had spread: the Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Rio de la Plata representing the Americas.
Polla del Nero (Moor Fountain): The Southern most fountain. The fountain was originally designed by Giacomo della Apertura mediante 1575 with the dolphin and four Tritons. In 1653, the statue of the Moor, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, was added. Con 1874, during per restoration of the fountain, the original statues were moved puro the Galleria Conservatore and replaced with copies. In aged after per vandal attacked it with per hammer. The vandal also damaged the Trevi Fountain that night:
The middle fountain and the biggest durante the square
Sorgente del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune): The Northern most fountain. The basin part of the Vena del Nettuno, (without the sculptures) was designed durante 1574 by Giacomo Della Porta, who also designed the Moor Fountain at the opposite side of the square. For the next 300 years, the fountain survived without statues. The fountain as it exists today was finally completed in 1878 by Antonio della Bitta, who added the imposing sculpture of “Neptune fighting with an octopus” and Gregorio Zappala, who created the other sculptures, based on the mythological theme of the “Nereids with cupids and walruses”. Statuary was added following a competition con 1873, per order sicuro balance the statuary of the Moor Fountain on the south side of the centro and of the Fonte dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) at its centre.
Sant Agnese mediante Circo Church (also called Sant’Agnese) is opposite the Sorgente dei quattro fiumi (four rivers) per Centro Navona. it is dedicated esatto St. Agnes born around 290. The young girl who according sicuro tradition suffered as verso martyr, was beheaded at age 12 by order of Emperor Diocletian. It is verso 17th-century Baroque church. It stands on the site where the early Christian Saint Agnes was martyred sopra the ancient Stadium of Domitian. Construction began sopra 1652 under the architects Girolamo Rainaldi and his bourdonnement Carlo Rainaldi. After numerous quarrels, the other main architect involved was Francesco Borromini who was per former student of Bernini and, later, a rival. The interior is breath taking and really worth seeing. Inside, there is a shrine with Saint Agnes’ skull. Ratto the side altars which are dedicated esatto martyrs and spettacolo how each one died.