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It is the most beautiful square in Rome, and also one of the busiest

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Piazza Navona

The fountain square

They say that if the Trevi Fountain is the most beautiful fountain in the world, the Piazza Navona is the most most beautiful square in Rome. This enormous ellipse occupies the place where the Circus Agonallis was in 86 AD, where a lot of sporting events took place. In the XVII century, Pope Innocent X gave orders to transform it, converting it into the current square. It was a project which was completed by two of the most famous architects of that period: Bernini and Borromini (who, strangely, did not get on well with one another). Inside there are important buildings, such as the Braschi Palace and Pamphill Palace as well as the Church of Santa Inés de Agone. But, nevertheless, the main attractions in this square are the three enormous fountains that divide the three sections of this pedestrian ellipse. Perhaps the most spectacular of all is the Fountain dei Quattro Fiumi, constructed by Bernini in 1651. Its four statues represent the four most important rivers in the world: the Nile, the Danube, the Rio de la Plata and the Ganges. Crowning the fountain there is an obelisk that is 16 metre tall, from the days of the Empire. The other two fountains are the Fontana del Moro and the Fontana Nettuno.



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