Fontana dell'acqua Felice
Fontana dell'acqua Felice
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The Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, also called the Fountain of Moses, is a monumental fountain located in the Quirinal eDistrict of Rome, Italy. It marked the terminus of the Acqua Felice aqueduct restored by Pope Sixtus V. It was designed by Domenico Fontana and built in 1585-88.
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Brad
Hong Kong, China172,995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a very nice fountain monument located at Piazza San Bernardo that is also referred to as the Moses Fountain. It is the work of architect Domenico Fontana (1585-88) and features a centrepiece sculpture of Moses along with two reliefs at his side under a three arch structure. Water spills from under each into a ground level basin. It is a in interesting and attractive fountain to view if planning on sightseeing in the area.
Written April 24, 2024
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Osman B
Beirut, Lebanon659 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We were walking from Via Nazionale to the historic center of Rome when we stopped at this beautiful fountain to refresh ourselves. Rome is full of potable fountains and this one was just perfect for us on a hot summer day. We drank, filled our bottles and washed our head and faces. Beside being a source of water the architecture of this fountain is phenomenal. Arches, Angels etc... Just beautiful.
Written October 25, 2023
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Margie D
York, PA1,692 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Located in the busy Piazza di San Bernardo, this monumental fountain is amazing. Fontana dell' Acqua Felice marks the beginning of an aquaduct.
Written January 2, 2019
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,177 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
The large, three-arched Fontana dell'Acqua Felice (designed by Domenico Fontana, 1587) is a 16th Century monumental fountain which marks the end of a Roman aqueduct. The fountain features a statue of Moses, in flowing robes and with horns on his head (similar to a depiction of Moses by Michelangelo, which also may be based on an erroneous translation of the biblical story). In front are Roman copies of Egyptian lions spitting water into basins. While grand, this is not among the more beautiful of Rome's many fountains, although it is worth a look if you are in the area, such as visiting Santa Susanna or Santa Maria della Vittoria.
Written March 3, 2014
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,712 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The Aqua Felice Fountain was of great importance to Rome. It was the first Baroque fountain after a long medieval decline. The rest of the Trevi, Aqua Paola, Triton, fountain of Four Rivers were later. The fountain appeared on the initiative of Pope Sixtus V, who understood that the main thing for the city is clean drinking water. The quality of life depends on it, as we say now. And most importantly, its duration! The Romans at that time had to carry water to the Quirinal Hill from the place where Trevi is now. Try walking this distance with a 5-liter canister! Sixtus V commissioned an aqueduct to be built here, called Aqua Felice, after his surname before being appointed pontiff. A laudatory ode to this is written on the pediment of the fountain. The inscription is in Latin, so the main readers will be doctors. The author of the fountain project was Domenico Fontana. Sixtus gave him little time, so Fontana engaged in cannibalism, traditional for the architecture of Rome. He borrowed the travertine from the ruins of Diocletian's Baths, and the balustrade from the Belvedere in the Vatican. We build one, we destroy the other. Lions guarding the bowls were found during the excavations of the Pantheon. However, now the water is guarded by copies, the originals were sent to the Vatican Museums. The main sculpture of the fountain, which gave it its second name, is Moses, installed the year after the fountain was opened in 1588. Probably to brighten up the sadness of Sixtus due to the fact that Francis Drake's fleet of English Protestants sank the Catholic "Great Armada" in La Manche. The slightly crooked Moses is not standing here by chance. This is the biblical story embodied in travertine, how the prophet opened the source at Sinai with a staff. Well, and Sixtus is in Rome, respectively. Renaissance popes did not suffer from false modesty. The Moses by Leonardo Sormani is obviously inspired by the Moses from the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli by Michelangelo. However, Michelangelo created a masterpiece, and Sormani piled the object of ridicule of the Romans. In addition to the unrestrained proportions, Sormani depicted rays on his head, which the inhabitants of Rome took for horns, and Moses for the devil.
Written December 14, 2021
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Travelers Voice
Conroe, TX2,329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
This beautiful fountain was just outside our hotel, the St. Regis, and provided a wonderful welcome to us on our return walks each day of our stay in Rome. Built in the 1500’s, it is in great shape and has excellent sculpture of Moses.
Written December 22, 2018
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Brad
Hong Kong, China172,995 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Fontana dell'acqua Felice, also referred to as the Moses Fountain, is an attractive landmark and building facade that is lost in the sea of attractions to be discovered in Rome.

The fountain was built by Domenico Fontana between 1585-1588 by order of Pope Sixtus V in effect to repair damaged aqueducts and provide much needed water supply to the city. This was an important structure as it introduced much needed clean water to this quarter of the city.

What is most striking about Fontana dell'acqua Felice is the centrepiece sculpture of Moses situated under an arch, embedded into a building facade lined with four pillars. The sculpture arrangement is nice to see but fails to inspire compared to Trevi Fontana, the Fountain of Four Rivers and other images of Moses you will see around the city, such as Michelangelo's statue at San Pietro in Vincoli church.

Unfortunately, the street runs right beside the fountain which makes it difficult to enjoy and take unobscured photos due to constant traffic during the day. You should also be mindful of cars passing by when you are taking pictures for safety purposes.

In the end, the Moses Fountain isn't one of the finest fountain attractions around the city. However it is nice to see if you intend to spend time at Piazza San Bernardo to see Santa Maria della Vittoria and other churches found there or if you are simply passing through the area.
Written May 9, 2015
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AlandSueGlasgow
Cardross, UK227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
These 3 fountains were on our way to and from the hotel so we saw they a lot, well worth a visit, very close to termini station, as we said it was better than the Trevi as it was closed
Written April 4, 2015
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Brad
Hong Kong, China172,995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
Anywhere else in the world and the Moses Statue, also known as Fontana dell'acqua Felice, would be a commonly listed attraction for visitors to see. However, in the Rome, which is covered with fountains and very impressive building facades, this one seems to be left off of most guide books and tourist lists.

The Moses Fountain, located on the small Piazza Bernardo, is a nice facade and fountain. While less impressive than the Trevi Fountain also featuring Moses, it is good enough to seek out and find for those interested in seeing Rome's outdoor fountains.

Hint: Picture taking of the fountain up close is quite difficult, even with wide-angle lens. Its best to back up, across the street so you can better see and photograph the Moses Fountain.

After spending a few minutes at the Moses Fountain, you can walk across the street and visit the lovely Santa Maria della Vittoria, which is one of our favorite churches in Rome.

Overall, not the best fountain attraction in Rome but well deserving of some recognition and attention that this one fails to receive from the guidebooks.
Written May 9, 2012
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,048 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
This monumental fountain is located on Piazza San Bernardo. It is also known as Fountain of Moses as the central arch of the fountain features a statue of Moses. Worth a visit if in the area.
Written December 13, 2018
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