Fontana dell'acqua Felice

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Fontana dell'acqua Felice
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The Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, also called the Fountain of Moses, is a monumental fountain located in the Quirinal eDistrict of Rome, Italy. It marked the terminus of the Acqua Felice aqueduct restored by Pope Sixtus V. It was designed by Domenico Fontana and built in 1585-88.
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Neighbourhood: Sallustiano
How to get there
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 4 min walk
  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 6 min walk
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy4,558 contributions
Pleasant fountain
Jun. 2021
Pleasant fountain built in the 1500s.

Fill up your water bottle for free.

I was lucky enough to be there at the weekend. Apparently the place is full of traffic on weekdays.
Written 26 June 2021
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA25,472 contributions
The Moses fountain
Dec. 2019
Imposing 16th century Fontana dell'acqua Felice was originally intended to serve as an aqueduct to provide fresh water supply to the citizens of Rome, but due to the design miscalculation it failed to serve it purpose. The grandiose statue of Moses in the center of the fountain and the bas-reliefs presumable reflect the miracles by Moses.

The fountain is located on the very busy intersection, so it is tricky to find the right time for the photos due to heavy traffic.
Written 23 November 2020
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dapper777
Monaco31,896 contributions
Grand, imposing fountain, but the ‘true Art’ is somewhere else
Jan. 2020 • Friends
We have been passing by this grand fountain without really knowing too much about it.
The other night we stopped for a drink in the nearby hotel's lobby and we had a nice conversation among friends about it.
Apparently the fountain is officially named Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, after the pope Sixtus V, whose real name was ‘Felice’ Peretti.
It was installed on request of pope Sixtus V to mark the completion of the Acqua Felice, an ancient aqueduct that had been restored in 1587 to provide the neighborhood with fresh water.
It is located on Largo Santa Susanna, a small square connecting the area of Piazza della Repubblica and the area around Via Veneto.
The fountain was built by architect Giovanni Fontana upon an order of the great Pope Sixtus V as one of the fountains of the aqueduct built by him on the old pattern of the one built but the Emperor Alexander Severus, and which took the name of the Pope: ‘Felice’.
What makes this otherwise ordinary fountain (for Rome's standards) special, is the statue standing in the middle niche, depicting Moses, holding the Tables of the Law, and pointing at the water, in the act of ordering it to spring out of the rock.
This is a mistake by the sculptor Leonardo Sormani, who did not take into consideration the fact that the episode of Tables of the Law came after the one of the water springing it from the rock.
The fountain, called also The Fountain of Moses. was the first of the many monumental fountains that were installed in the city of Rome after the Middle Ages. The fountain is named for the large statue of Moses that stands at its center, flanked on either side by reliefs depicting biblical scenes.
In front of the large classical columns that frame the niches stand four water spouting lions. They are copies of Egyptian lion statues: the originals can be found in the Vatican Museums.
According to local stories the sculptor tried to measure up to Michelangelo, who created a statue of Moses in the nearby San Pietro in Vincoli church. But the sculptor made the mistake of not creating a model and he carved the statue out of a block of marble that was lying on the ground instead of standing upright. As a result its proportions where not correct. When the statue was revealed to the public it was ridiculed. The locals even called it 'Il Mosè ridicolo' - the ridiculous Moses.
That is history.
Certainly it is not the perfect location for visitors and selfie-obsessed tourists, being that crossroad very busy with never resting cars and traffic and kind of dangerous for pedestrians.
Nonetheless, the fountain is grand and imposing and deserves rightly some moments of attention.

Written 13 February 2020
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Margie D
York, PA499 contributions
Fountain of Moses
Nov. 2018 • Friends
Located in the busy Piazza di San Bernardo, this monumental fountain is amazing. Fontana dell' Acqua Felice marks the beginning of an aquaduct.
Written 2 January 2019
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TravelersVoice
Conroe, TX1,969 contributions
Great fountain of Moses, from the 1500’s
Dec. 2018 • Couples
This beautiful fountain was just outside our hotel, the St. Regis, and provided a wonderful welcome to us on our return walks each day of our stay in Rome. Built in the 1500’s, it is in great shape and has excellent sculpture of Moses.
Written 22 December 2018
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Fountain of Moses
Oct. 2018 • Family
This monumental fountain is located on Piazza San Bernardo. It is also known as Fountain of Moses as the central arch of the fountain features a statue of Moses. Worth a visit if in the area.
Written 13 December 2018
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Holmes-Jenny
Durban, South Africa187 contributions
Stunning Architectural Fountain
Jun. 2018
Stunning monumental fountain wall which marks the end of a restored aqueduct. Also known as Fountain of Moses. Water flows from the statues into basins where four lions are spouting water. (A good drinking water supply).

The fountain is also a political statement of how the Catholic Church was serving the needs of the people in Rome. Very interesting and well worth a visit!
Written 6 July 2018
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mWrite
Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
What is a fountain?
Apr. 2018 • Couples
In fact original fountains in Rome where ending points of aqueducts, providing water for citizens. This one dates to 16th century, to 1587 to be precise and was built by pope commemorate completing aqueduct. We found this accidentally as looking for a dinner place.
Written 6 May 2018
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Nice fountain
Feb. 2018 • Friends
This fountain -Fontana dell'acqua Felice is located on Piazza San Bernardo and is also called Fountain of Moses. Worth seeing it.
Written 7 April 2018
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,245 contributions
Named after the Pope of the time......
Feb. 2018 • Couples
Pope Sixtus V. Whose real name was Felice Peretti. The design that looks like a Triumphal arch was built to commemorate the completion of the aqueduct (Acqua Felice), that provided the neighbourhood with fresh water. It is indeed a very striking fountain. The four Egyptian lion statues spouting water is a nice finishing touch.
Written 17 February 2018
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