Trevi Fountain (crs)
Trajan's Forum and Market
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The fountain is located at the junction of three roads marks the terminal point of the "modern" Acqua Vergine, the revivified Aqua Virgo, one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. In 19 BC Roman engineers located a source of pure water some 8 miles from the city. They constructed the Aqua Virgo which led the water into the Baths of Agrippa. It served Rome for more than four hundred years. Goth besiegers in 537/38 broke the aqueduct. The Roman custom of building a fountain at the endpoint of an aqueduct was revived in the 15th century. In 1453, Pope Nicholas V finished mending the Acqua Vergine and built a simple basin to herald the water's arrival. In 1629 Pope Urban VIII, finding the earlier fountain insufficiently dramatic, asked Gian Lorenzo Bernini to sketch possible renovations, but the Pope died and the project was abandoned. Bernini's lasting contribution was to move the fountain from the other side of the square to face the Quirinal Palace. In 1730 Pope Clement XII organized a contest to redesign the fountain. Nicola Salvi was awarded the commission. Work began in 1732, and the fountain was completed in 1762 when Pietro Bracci's Oceanus (god of all water) was set in the central niche.
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