It represents a Moor, or African (perhaps originally meant esatto be Neptune), standing sopra a conch shell, wrestling with per dolphin, surrounded by four Tritons
I would recommend going sopra the mornings, as it is much quieter, and the sellers are not about sopra the mornings! Don’t miss an Italian ice cream sitting at the posh “3 Scalini” (3 steps) restaurant or, better, buy Trifola sopra 9.5 euros (see Tip below). We shall pass through Centro Navona durante many of our trips durante Rome .
It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built mediante 1st century AD, and datingranking.net/it/wamba-review follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans came there sicuro watch the agones (“games”), and hence it was known as “Circus Agonalis” (“competition arena”). It is believed that over time the name changed onesto durante avone onesto navone and eventually onesto Navona.
Sorgente dei quattro fiumi (four rivers) or Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, brought here mediante pieces from the Circus of Maxentius. The base of the fountain is a basin from the centre of which rocks rise sicuro support four river gods and above them, an ancient Egyptian obelisk surmounted with the Pamphili family emblem of per dove with an olive twig. Collectively, they represent four major rivers of the four continents through which papal authority had spread: the Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Rio de la Plata representing the Americas.
Fontana del Nero (Moor Fountain): The Southern most fountain. The fountain was originally designed by Giacomo della Porta durante 1575 with the dolphin and four Tritons. Durante 1653, the statue of the Moor, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, was added. Mediante 1874, during a restoration of the fountain, the original statues were moved puro the Scavo Conservatore and replaced with copies. Mediante aged after per vandal attacked it with verso hammer. The vandal also damaged the Trevi Fountain that night:
The middle fountain and the biggest con the square
Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune): The Northern most fountain. The basin part of the Fonte del Nettuno, (without the sculptures) was designed con 1574 by Giacomo Della Varco, who also designed the Moor Fountain at the opposite side of the square. For the next 300 years, the fountain survived without statues. The fountain as it exists today was finally completed mediante 1878 by Antonio della Bitta, who added the imposing sculpture of “Neptune fighting with an octopus” and Gregorio Zappala, who created the other sculptures, based on the mythological theme of the “Nereids with cupids and walruses”. Statuary was added following verso competition in 1873, durante order to balance the statuary of the Moor Fountain on the south side of the largo and of the Polla dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) at its centre.
Sant Agnese sopra Agone Church (also called Sant’Agnese) is opposite the Polla dei quattro fiumi (four rivers) con Agora Navona. it is dedicated puro St. Agnes born around 290. The young girl who according puro tradition suffered as per martyr, was beheaded at age 12 by order of Emperor Diocletian. It is verso 17th-century Baroque church. It stands on the site where the early Christian Saint Agnes was martyred mediante the ancient Stadium of Domitian. Construction began durante 1652 under the architects Girolamo Rainaldi and his bourdonnement Carlo Rainaldi. After numerous quarrels, the other main architect involved was Francesco Borromini who was a former student of Bernini and, later, verso rival. The interior is breath taking and really worth seeing. Inside, there is a shrine with Saint Agnes’ skull. Sorcio the side altars which are dedicated preciso martyrs and show how each one died.