The Barcaccia Fountain of Rome

HELUA

Angered, Sweden

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I shot this on May 8 2009, at about 6.30 pm. This place is always populated and enjoyed by Romans and tourists alike!

- The Spanish Steps ( Piazza di Spagna ) -

At the foot of the stairs, you will find the famous Barcaccia Fountain, the work of Pietro Bernini and his son, Gian Lorenzo.

With its characteristic form of a sinking ship, the fountain recalls the historic flood of the River Tiber in 1598 and refers to a folk legend whereby a fishing boat carried away by the flood of the river was found at this exact spot.

In reality, the sinking boat was ably invented by Bernini to overcome a technical problem due to low water pressure. The sun and bee ornamentation is a symbol of the Barberini family and a reference to Pope Urban VIII who commissioned the work. However, the main attraction of the square has to be the spectacular staircase of Trinità dei Monti.

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