21020 Trevi Fountain

Facts

  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Architect: Nicola Salvi and Pietro Bracci
  • Materials: Travertine stone
  • Height: Height: 26.3 meters/86 feet 
  • Year: 1732 - 2762

History

The imposing fountain sits at the junction of three roads, or tre vie, which many believe gave the fountain its name. Built by Marcu Vipsanius Agrippa in 19 BC, the Aqua Virgo aqueduct was over 13 miles (21 km) long and even then had a fountain at its terminus.

The aqueduct and fountain served Rome for over 400 years, but after the invasion of the Goths in AD 537, the aqueduct was cut off and the final portion abandoned. It would be over 1,000 years, and the advent of the Early Renaissance period, before a fountain would again stand in the location we know today.

Architect

Little of Nicola Salvi’s (1697–1751) work beyond the Trevi Fountain remains today and relatively little is known of the architect himself. He was admitted to the Roman Academy of Arcadia in 1717 and only became an architect after studying mathematics and philosophy. His friend and colleague, the sculptor Pietro Bracci (1700–1773), would eventually go on to complete the fountain. Bracci’s most famous piece of work, the statue of Oceanus, forms the centerpiece of the fountain.

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