Posted by: danielfee | October 5, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 10-05-2012

Piazza Navona – Rome, Italy

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is a totally enclosed space in the heart of Rome which was once the location of the Stadium of Domitian. It was also known as the Circus Agonalis and commissioned around 80 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus as a gift to the people of Rome. It was used mostly for athletic contests. Parts of the stadium can still be seen below the Piazza Navona from the north end. In the 15th century the Piazza Navona was transformed into a significant example of Baroque Roman architecture and art during the rein of Pope Innocent X and whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced onto the piazza. In the center stands the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651) topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, brought here in pieces from the Circus of Maxentius. The Piazza Navona has two additional fountains. At the southern end is the Fontana del Moro (1575) and at the northern end is the Fountain of Neptune (1574). The statue of Neptune in the northern fountain was added in 1878 to make that fountain more symmetrical with La Fontana del Moro in the south. The piazza was featured in Dan Brown’s 2000 thriller Angels and Demons.

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  1. Thanks for sharing both your striking photos and helpful narrative.


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