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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

07/03/2019, 13:50

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #acqua, #fontana, #libri



FOUNTAIN-OF-THE-BOOKS


 Rome is full fountains, but there are some of them that symbolize the real local traditions of the Eternal City...



Looking at the picture you can see the so called "Fountain of the Books", one of the small masterpieces, would by #Mussolini, realeased by the architect Pietro Lombardi. He received a nice commission: to make several small fountains in order to symbolize the main characteristic of the main and most iconic districts and neighborhoods of Rome. For example Lombardi made the Fountain of the Pinecone or the Fountain of the Tiaras, placing them in the specific districts. Think about, to have an idea, the road where the Fountain of the Books is located: Via Staderari. The curious and italian name takes its origin from the studios, opened here centuries ago, owned by local artisans who created scales. It is interesting to know how, originally, the first Via Staderari was not this one, but the parallel one. The original road was closed in order to enlarge Palazzo Madama, our Senate. But before this changement, the road where the Fountain of the Books is located was called "Via dell’Universit√†" (University Street). The name is related with the huge tomes that you can clearly see here. Between them there the nice snout of a deer, with an inscription where you can read "S. EUSTACCHIO". What is the origin of the whole elements? This road was dedicated to an univerisity because the wall where the Fountain of the Book is lean belonged to the first university of Rome, the "La Sapienza" (the translation is "The Knowledge". Today there is a wonderful church built by Borromini, but imagine how this University was inaugurated seven centuries ago! Today the campus is simply on the other side of Rome. So you can understand how the books are symbolizing the studies, the teachers and the students who studied here for centuries and centuries. Maybe the small spring could also underline the sweat of the students before the exams... And the deer? It is the symbol of the smallest district of #Rome, where the Fountains of the Books is located: the Saint Eustachio. According to the tradition, he was a young and pagan boy. He was also a good hunter, and one day he was hunting a deer. When he stood close to the animal, he had a vision: he saw a bright Cross above the snoutm and this miracle brought Eustachio to his conversion. He became Christian, and for this reason he was persecuted, tortured and killed. He lived, always according to the traditions, where today there is the Church of Saint Eustachio, placed not so far from the fountain. But now there is a small curiosity that I must know: the stone cutter made a big mistake! Do you see the writing: you can read eustacChio... there’s one C that should not be here, because the name of this martyr is written with one C! A sort of bug of Rome! #atourguiderome #romeisus #fountain #water 


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