Commissioned by Pope Innocent X and representing the major rivers from four continents topped by an Egyptian Obelisk, the fountain and the piazza is a vibrant place to spend an afternoon.
The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers is located in Piazza Navona in Rome. It is a Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed fountain which dates back to 1651. Pope Innocent X commissioned this fountain, as his family palace faced the Piazza as did the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone of which he was the sponsor. The Egyptian obelisk sits in the centre of the fountain, surrounded by the four major rivers of four continents through which the papal authority was spreading. They were deemed to be the Danube to represent Europe, The Ganges for Asia, Rio de la Plata for the Americas and the Nile for Africa.
The Piazza Navona is a lively square with plenty of bars, shops, restaurants and gelaterias. It is a lovely place to pass the time while admiring the majesty of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the exquisite Bernini sculptures which surround it and the hard to miss Egyptian Obelisk.
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