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Fountain of Neptune (Fontana del Nettuno), Rome

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Fontana del Nettuno - detail
Fontana del Nettuno - detail

Photo by Frits Gouda on Wikimedia Commons

Fontana del Nettuno - detail
Fontana del Nettuno - detail

Photo by Livioandronico2013 on Wikimedia Commons

Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza Navona
Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza Navona

Photo by Blackcat on Wikimedia Commons

The Fountain of Neptune is located at the north end of Piazza Navona. It was created by the Italian sculptor Giacomo della Porta in 1574, but without the statues. The statue of Neptune battling an octopus, by Antonio Della Bitta, was added in 1878 to create a balance with La Fontana del Moro. The other 8 marine sculptures, representing two sea horses, two cherubs, two dolphins, and two sea nymphs were created by Gregorio Zappalà. The fountain was previously called "Fontana dei Calderari" because it was located close to a small alley with blacksmiths, kettle makers, and other metal based workshops.