Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune)

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Nameofrose on April 29, 2010

Next to Piazza Maggiore is Piazza del Nettuno, with the Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), designed by Tommaso Laureti and sculpted in marble and bronze by the Flemish Giambologna in 1563. This big, famous, splendid fountain is the symbol of papal power: as Neptune dominates the waters so the Pope dominates the world. At the god's feet are four cherubs, representing the Ganges, Nile, Amazon and Danube, the longest rivers of the continents which were then known (the same theme used by Bernini for the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Four Rivers Fountain, in Rome's Piazza Navona, with the Rio de la Plata instead of the Amazon).

John de Crom on May 2, 2010

Very nice photo.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 29, 2010
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    by Nameofrose
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
    • Taken on 2009/04/08 16:01:24
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 6.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash