Photographer's Note

This shot was taken at the fountain in the middle of the Piazza della Republica in central Rome. This fountain was conveniently located right outside of my hotel. To see a wider angle of the Piazza follow this link.

I thought this was a spectacular fountain with great work done on the sculptures. You can't see it very well, but the main spray in the middle is held up by a man (in sculpture) that contrasts well with the woman holding the bird in the foreground.

Notes on the Piazza della Republica and the Fountain of the Niaids:

Like so many other locations in Rome where one historical era sits right on top of another, Piazza della Repubblica covers exactly the exedra/theater of the ancient Baths of Diocletian. At the end of the 16th century, Pope Sixtus V was going to turn this exedra into an artificial lake to provide water for a navigable canal that he wanted to build between his villa and today's Piazza San Bernardo. However, this plan was never realized.

At the end of the 19th Century, today's Piazza della Republica was constructed here and it welcomes travelers arriving in Rome at the Stazione Termini.
The Fountain of the Naiads sits in the center. Naiads are the nymphs who protect rivers, lakes, oceans and the underground. Although finished in 1900, the fountain was not turned on until a year later because the female statues were considered by many people too provocative for the times.

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Additional Photos by Brian Schwartz (umbrellaphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 400 W: 71 N: 261] (1901)
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