Rome sightseeing and popular attractions

The Fountain of the Four Rivers

The Fountain of the Four Rivers is an elaborate work of art is designed by Bernini, one of the most famous artists of his time. Created between 1648 and 1651, it is the largest and perhaps the famous artwork that Bernini ever built. This one of a kind fountain can be found at Piazza Navona.

In the fountain are four different figures of gods representing rivers from different continents.

  • The river god with an oar, the Ganges in Asia
  • The river god with a coat of arms in his hand, the Danube in Europe
  • The river god with a stack of coins, the Rio de la Plata in South America
  • The river god with a cloth over his head, the Nile in Africa

The river gods also refers to the rivers of paradise. Actually, the whole fountain is full of metaphors. The dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit of the Catholic Church; the oar shows how the River Ganges is navigable; the Papal coat of arms is for the Danube being the closest river to Rome; the loose cloth represents the mystery of the Nile; the coins are for the riches America could offer to Europe.

Fountain of the Four Rivers

In is also depicted how the gods are in awe of the central tower, an Egyptian obelisk. Water sprouts from all directions with no pattern as well.

Students of Bernini helped designed and built the fountain, something that is a fashion in Rome during those times.

Fountain of the Four Rivers

Piazza Navona

Also Interesting

Fontana del Tritone
Fontana del TritoneThe Triton Fountain (Fontana del Tritone) is another one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s creations. This was built for the Palazzo Barberini, which was owned by Pope Urban VII’s family. There are several elements in the fountain that represent Pope Urban VII and the Barberini family. The three […]read more...
Trevi fountain
Trevi fountainThe Trevi Fountain is the most famous and the largest fountain in Rome. It has a width of 20 meters and a height 30 meters. It is situated at the Piazza di Trevi or the Trevi square. It marks the end point of the three road junction […]read more...
Top 5 Hotels near Piazza Navona and the Pantheon
Top 5 Hotels near Piazza Navona and the PantheonPiazza Navona is the most renowned oblong shaped city square in Rome. It is like a gigantic palpable podium where you can witness the typical daily Roman life. It was built over the ruins of the ancient sporting stadium known as Circus Agonalis. Piazza Navona is among […]read more...

Comments

comments