Fontana dell'acqua Felice

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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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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,605 contributions
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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FTMDave
Adria, Italy5,453 contributions
Jun 2021
Pleasant fountain built in the 1500s.

Fill up your water bottle for free.

I was lucky enough to be there at the weekend. Apparently the place is full of traffic on weekdays.
Written June 26, 2021
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA28,321 contributions
Dec 2019
Imposing 16th century Fontana dell'acqua Felice was originally intended to serve as an aqueduct to provide fresh water supply to the citizens of Rome, but due to the design miscalculation it failed to serve it purpose. The grandiose statue of Moses in the center of the fountain and the bas-reliefs presumable reflect the miracles by Moses.

The fountain is located on the very busy intersection, so it is tricky to find the right time for the photos due to heavy traffic.
Written November 23, 2020
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dapper777
Monaco32,075 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
We have been passing by this grand fountain without really knowing too much about it.
The other night we stopped for a drink in the nearby hotel's lobby and we had a nice conversation among friends about it.
Apparently the fountain is officially named Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, after the pope Sixtus V, whose real name was ‘Felice’ Peretti.
It was installed on request of pope Sixtus V to mark the completion of the Acqua Felice, an ancient aqueduct that had been restored in 1587 to provide the neighborhood with fresh water.
It is located on Largo Santa Susanna, a small square connecting the area of Piazza della Repubblica and the area around Via Veneto.
The fountain was built by architect Giovanni Fontana upon an order of the great Pope Sixtus V as one of the fountains of the aqueduct built by him on the old pattern of the one built but the Emperor Alexander Severus, and which took the name of the Pope: ‘Felice’.
What makes this otherwise ordinary fountain (for Rome's standards) special, is the statue standing in the middle niche, depicting Moses, holding the Tables of the Law, and pointing at the water, in the act of ordering it to spring out of the rock.
This is a mistake by the sculptor Leonardo Sormani, who did not take into consideration the fact that the episode of Tables of the Law came after the one of the water springing it from the rock.
The fountain, called also The Fountain of Moses. was the first of the many monumental fountains that were installed in the city of Rome after the Middle Ages. The fountain is named for the large statue of Moses that stands at its center, flanked on either side by reliefs depicting biblical scenes.
In front of the large classical columns that frame the niches stand four water spouting lions. They are copies of Egyptian lion statues: the originals can be found in the Vatican Museums.
According to local stories the sculptor tried to measure up to Michelangelo, who created a statue of Moses in the nearby San Pietro in Vincoli church. But the sculptor made the mistake of not creating a model and he carved the statue out of a block of marble that was lying on the ground instead of standing upright. As a result its proportions where not correct. When the statue was revealed to the public it was ridiculed. The locals even called it 'Il Mosè ridicolo' - the ridiculous Moses.
That is history.
Certainly it is not the perfect location for visitors and selfie-obsessed tourists, being that crossroad very busy with never resting cars and traffic and kind of dangerous for pedestrians.
Nonetheless, the fountain is grand and imposing and deserves rightly some moments of attention.

Written February 13, 2020
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Margie D
York, PA531 contributions
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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Travelers Voice
Conroe, TX1,985 contributions
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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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
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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Holmes-Jenny
Durban, South Africa187 contributions
Jun 2018
Stunning monumental fountain wall which marks the end of a restored aqueduct. Also known as Fountain of Moses. Water flows from the statues into basins where four lions are spouting water. (A good drinking water supply).

The fountain is also a political statement of how the Catholic Church was serving the needs of the people in Rome. Very interesting and well worth a visit!
Written July 6, 2018
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mWrite
Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
In fact original fountains in Rome where ending points of aqueducts, providing water for citizens. This one dates to 16th century, to 1587 to be precise and was built by pope commemorate completing aqueduct. We found this accidentally as looking for a dinner place.
Written May 6, 2018
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
This fountain -Fontana dell'acqua Felice is located on Piazza San Bernardo and is also called Fountain of Moses. Worth seeing it.
Written April 7, 2018
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