Thursday, January 5, 2012
ROME - PART 3
The long oval shape of this square has its origins in history. In 86 AD the emperor Domitian built a stadium known as "Circus Agonalis" (competition arena) and was used mainly for festivals and sporting events. In the fifteenth century the area was paved over to create the Navona square.
The main attraction of the Piazza are the three fountains by Bernini.
I want to live here.
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers: Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio della Plata )
Centerpiece of the Piazza, the fountain is carved from a rock at the base of an obelisk and represents the four corners of the world. Built between 1647 and 1651 at the request of Pope Innocent X.
Detail: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Fontana del Moro, circa 17th century by Bernini
Detail: Fontana del Moro
Fontana del Netunno (Neptune Fountain)
1576 by Giacomo della Porta
Detail: Fontana del Netunno
And, of course, no self-respecting Piazza would be complete without a church.
Sant'Agnese in Agone.
Commissioned 1652; Competed 1670
And to keep you entertained, street musicians. We sat for a while and enjoyed their music. They were quite good.
The next pictures are random shots taken during our many walks around Rome.
Monumento Nazionale a Vittoriio Emanuele II (first king of a unified Italy)
Circa 1911 - 1935
Houses Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Domes in the sky.
Fell in love with the umbrella pines.
Arco di Constantino
This concludes our time in Rome. Tomorrow--Pompeii