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Piazza Navona in Rome


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Piazza Navona
is one of the most popular and celebrated squares in all of Rome. Piazza Navona  is a well known tourist attraction and draws millions of visitors each year. The unique history of the Piazza and its lively atmosphere has let it to be featured in numerous Italian and Hollywood films.

Build on the former Satidum of Domitian, Piazza Navona is a large ideal for social gathering, and lively events. Hence the long, oval shape of the square. The stadium, which had a larger arena than the Colosseum was mainly used for festivals and sporting events. The stadium was paved in the 15th century to transform the area into the Navona square .

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The main features of the Piazza Navona are the three famous fountains that are symbolic of Rome’s adoration for fountains and respect for the power of water. Teh central and largest fountain is the Fontata dei Quattro Fiumi or the Fountain of the Four Rivers.  Constructed in 1647, the fountain features four figures representing a ricer from four differenct continents. The rivers depicted are the Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio de la Plata The fountain was desigend by Bernini.

The other two fountains in Piazza Navona are called Fontana del Nettuno or Fountain of Neptune and Fontana del Moro or Fountain of Moor. The Fountain of Nepture was built in 1576 by Giacomo della Porta . This fountain is also referred to as the Calderari. The Fountain of Moor was also constructed by Giacomo della Porta. Addition to the Fountain of Moor, designed by Bernini was done in 17th century.

Piazza Navona is also the square where Saint Agnese in Agone church is located. This church was build by Pope Innocent X in 1652. Designed by Borromini, the church was completed in 1670. The location of the church was chosen based on the legend of Saint Agnes. The story of saint Agnes states that the location of the church is where Saint Agnes was stripped naked but miraculously, grew extraordinary amount of hair to avoid shame and disgrace.
The Piazza Navona is situated in the historic center of Rome, west of the Pantheon. It is one of Rome's liveliest squares, with many outdoor cafes, restaurants and night clubs in the neighborhood.



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