"Fountain of the Four Rivers" by Bernini
Located in the Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy, this spectacular fountain was commissioned to Gian Lorenzo Bernini by Pope Innocent X in 1651. The four large sculptures surrounding the central obelisk represent the four rivers of the four continents reached by papal rule – the Ganges River representing Asia, the Danube representing Europe, the Rio de la Plata representing the Americas and the Nile presenting Africa. Tradition erroneously maintains that the Rio de le Plata figure covers its face from the Church of St. Agnese, which was designed by Bernini’s rival, Francesco Borromini. Buona visione!
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