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Piazza Navona Rome

Sightseeing tours Rome - Rome Piazza Navona - Stadium of Domitian in Rome - Baroque art of Rome - Moor Fountain - Bernini- Borromini - Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone -

Piazza Navona is certainly one of the most popular places in Rome. It is on the site of the Stadium of Domitian.
Today its rest are in an area between Piazza Navona and Piazza di Tor Sanguigna, around 4.5 metres beneath the street level. The Stadium was build to celebrate the Capitoline Agone, playing games dedicated to Jupiter Optimus Maximus as an imitation of the Greek Olympic Games.
Piazza Navona has been built on the ruins of the Domitian stadium with the same shape and size, and it is a wonderful example of Baroque style in Rome.
Three famous and important fountains decorate the square:
- Fontana del Moro (Moor Fountain), with the statue of a Moor fighting a dolphin.
- Fontana dei Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), which represent the rivers of the four continents known at that time: the Nile, symbol of Africa, the Ganges, symbol of Asia, the Danube, representing Europe and the Rio de la Plata, representing America.
- Fontana de' Calderari, also called the Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune).
Opposite the Fontana dei Fiumi, you can see the wonderful Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone began by Carlo and Girolamo Rainaldi during the age of Pope Innocent X and completed by Borromini.
The scared expression of The Rio de la Plata’s statue has generated anecdotes on the rivalry between Bernini and Borromini. Its left hand raised seems to defend itself from the collapse of the nearby Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, but we know that anecdote is not true, because the works for the construction of the church had not even started when the fountain of the Rivers was already completed.
Today, walking in the Square, you can find lot of street painter with their work of art.

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