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Located at the center of Piazza Navona, the Four Rivers Fountain is one of the most famous works by Bernini. Built for Innocent X Pamphilj to embellish his family compound while providing a beautiful vessel for the people of Rome to receive the recently restored waters of the Acqua Vergine, the intricately carved pyramidal travertine rock formation supports an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Circus of Maxentius. The four allegorical figures represent the four great known rivers of the world: the Danube, Ganges, Nile and the Rio della Plate from each of the major continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The popular story told to illustrate the rivalry between Bernini and Borromini, that the Plate is holding up his arm to protect himself from the potentially unstable belfry of St. Agnese is certainly apocryphal as the fountain was completed in 1651, two years before Borromini began work on the church.
In foreground the "Gange river".

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