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Piazza della Repubblica. Fountain of the Naiads, Rome

Piazza della Repubblica. Fountain of the Naiads, Rome

Viminal Hill is the smallest of Rome’s Seven Hills, and on its summit you will find the charming Republic Square. This semi-circular piazza was built over the exedra of the Baths of Diocletian; the porticos around the square were built between 1887-98 by Gaetano Koch, in memory of the ancient buildings that once stood on this site.

Of particular note is the church Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martin, built inside the ruined frigidarium of the Roman Baths of Diocletian in the Piazza della Repubblica. Inside this small Basilica, you will find a Meridian Line, commissioned by Pope Clement XI in 1702, built by Francesco Bianchini. Its main use was for checking the accuracy of the Gregorian Calendar and as a tool to predict the exact dates of Easter for the next several centuries (Easter falls on the Sunday after the first full moon of the Spring Equinox).

In the center of the square, you can admire the Fountain of the Naiads. The central figure of the fountain is Glaucus, a mortal fisherman-turned sea god, wrestling with a dolphin which spouts a powerful jet of water, thus symbolizing dominance of mankind over natural forces. Surrounding the god, evenly spaced at the edge of the fountain, are four naiads (water-nymphs) representing, respectively, the Naiad of the Oceans riding a horse that represents waves, Naiad of the Rivers riding a river monster, Naiad of the Lakes holding a swan and the Naiad of the Underground Waters riding a dragon.

The sculptural group was created by Mario Rutelli, a Sicilian artist who, incidentally, was also grandfather of Rome's former mayor Francesco Rutelli. The naiads' nudity and languorously provocative poses – totally naked, soaked by the water gushing from a large nozzle at the back, glittering in the sun in very lascivious attitudes – caused a bit of a sensation when first unveiled to the public in 1901.
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Sight Name: Piazza della Repubblica. Fountain of the Naiads
Sight Location: Rome, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Vatican Walking Tour

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Rome Introduction Walk II

Rome Introduction Walk II

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
"Roman Holiday" Movie Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 Km or 5.6 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Rome Introduction Walk I

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles

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