Loquis: The Great Beauty, Piazza Navona

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The Great Beauty, Piazza Navona


Published on:  2018-02-21 07:46:00

  Rome in the Movies

Jep (Tony Servillo) walks with Orietta (Isabella Ferrari). It's night and the square is deserted. You live here right below one of the belfries of the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, at the end of Palazzo Pamphilj. The peal of the water of the fountain of the four rivers resonates imposingly in the limited vastness of the environment. Bernini, Borromini and Sant’ Agnese in Agone, before whom the two dwell; the church is located on the western side of the square and, connected to the overlooking fountain, is the object of suggestive legends. The most famous is the rivalry between the aforementioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini; It is believed that the statue of the Río de la Plata holds up his arm in fear of a collapse of the church and that the Nile covers the face not to see it. However, in fact, the fountain was built before the church, between 1648 and 1651, while Borromini fairgoers in the Sant’ Agnese yard around 1653.

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