Fontana con Leoni sulla Cordonata del Campidoglio

Typology: Fountains


Address: Piazza D'Aracoeli
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
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The two fountains are placed symmetrically at the beginning of the graded ramp of the Capitol Hill and present two basalt Egyptian lions, from whose mouth water flows into two small ponds. The lions come from the Iseum Campense (the temple built by Domitian in Campus Martius in honour of the Egyptian gods Isis and Serapis) and were placed next to the entrance of the church of Santo Stefano del Cacco. In 1562 Pious the Fourth Medici (1559-1565) donated them to the Roman people to decorate the graded ramp of the Capitol Hill placed on bases designed by Giacomo Della Porta. When the Acqua Felice was brought to the Capitol Hill, the lions were turned into fountains, putting two travertine chalices in front of them. In 1885 the small ponds were destroyed and the lions were moved to the Capitoline Museum and replaced with dull-grey marble copies. In 1956 they were put back into place and the small ponds were rebuilt according to old documents.
Last checked: 2016-10-19 12:23
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