Fountain of Apollo

This fountain is located in the middle of the Paseo del Prado and is not well known because it is a bit hidden. Apollo was the god of art and medicine. The sculpture shows him holding a lyre in his left hand and has a cloak around him. The fountain is decorated with the allegorical figures of the Four seasons and also has three shells as decorations.

Ventura Rodriguez was the architect who designed this fountain and it is the third fountain he designed, the other two being the Fountain of Cibeles and the Fountain of Neptune. The construction of the fountain started in 1780 during the reign of Carlos III. The sculptor Alfonso Giraldo Bergaz did the figure of Apollo in 1802. Manuel Alvarez did the Four Seasons sculptures. This Neoclassic fountain was inaugurated in 1803.