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Fountain of the Moor (
Fontana del Moro)

Southern end of the Piazza Navona
, Rome, Italy

Fountain erected:
1576 architect: Giacomo della Porto
Name origin:
Center triton riding a dolphin resembles a "Moor" (African)
1576 - Four Tritons sculpted by Giacomo della Porta.
1653 - A Moor, or African, or Ethiopian, wrestling with a dolphin sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini was added in 1874 during a restoration of the fountain,
Current location of original statues:
During a restoration in 1874, the original sculptures were moved to the Villa Borghese and substitute copies were made and are still on the fountain.

Piazza Navona is a popular destination for photographers.

Bernini's Moor wrestling a dolphin.

Detail - The Moor

Two of four tritons in the fountain.
Triton was a god of the sea, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, portrayed as having the head and trunk of a man and the tail of a fish ("merman"), and holding a trumpet made from a conch shell which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Tritons were a race of sea gods and goddesses born from Triton.

Photos and their arrangement 2013 Chuck LaChiusa
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