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Fontana del Ponte Sisto

Fontana del Ponte Sisto
Photo Information
Copyright: Daniel Draghici (dkmurphys) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5699 W: 83 N: 11327] (76175)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-27
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Roma 2017 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-12-08 0:33
Viewed: 1878
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Fountain of Ponte Sisto, also known as the Fountain of One Hundred Priests, is located at the Trastevere end of Ponte Sisto, in Piazza Trilussa. At the beginning of the 17th century the areas on the right bank of the Tiber (including the Vatican and Trastevere) had poor water supply. Pope Paul had just been elected and promised to bring water to that side of the Tiber, which he did between 1608 and 1610. Water pressure remained low on the left bank, including at the Hospice of One Hundred Priests on the Rome side of Ponte Sisto. When Pope Paul then extended his new water supply across the river in a pipeline on the bridge, he had a fountain built on the side of the hospital with an inscription remembering this act by the pope. The fountain was built by John Vasanzio with the help of Giovanni Fontana, and was completed in 1613. It was a great niche bordered by two marble columns and large travertine blocks, on top of which was the inscription. In the upper part of the niche a big mouth poured a huge amount of water into a small basin which overflowed into a tank below which received more water from jets gushing across each other from the jaws of two winged dragons at its sides. Two lion heads poured in more water from the ends of the tank.

Around 1880 the hospice was demolished and the fountain was removed, but in 1898 it was restored and rebuilt on the opposite end of Ponte Sisto, in the square where it is currently located, placed on top of a flight of steps. Only a little more than half of the original fountain could be recovered. From the far side of the river where the fountain once stood, you can see the fountain, with the Big Fountain on the Janiculum Hill above it (and further away, of course). In recent times the flow of water has been reduced substantially, to the point where the water from the dragons is a trickle rather than an impressive stream of jets crossing each other.

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Bonjour, cher Daniel,
Une bien belle prise de vue avec cette fontaine aux formes délicates et cette femme au pied de l'escalier à la posture étonnante.
Belle réussite.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12202 W: 126 N: 22020] (112357)
  • [2017-12-08 2:13]

Hi Daniel,magnificent way to show us this famous fountain,the lights of the moment are magics and i like the alone woman with the dog as a special bonus,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Daniel,
A lovely fountain very well presented in this considered composition. The lady sat at the bottom of the steps with her dog contributes to the mood and supplies scale. Good technical realisation. Interesting and useful note.

Hello Daniel,
The elegant fountain is nicely framed by trees. The woman and the dog make the composition in my eyes, but the light is also very pleasant.

Bonjour Daniel,

Très beau cadrage vertical qui accompagne à merveille cette petite chapelle et la dame et son chien au soleil sur les marches. Superbe lumière.



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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14395 W: 0 N: 16326] (174957)
  • [2017-12-08 7:01]


quelle dame avec son chien assise sur les escaliers sueprbe cpatage et en fond la fontaune avec cette eau qui coule dans sa niche fantastique enssemble.
Bravo et amitié

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 161 N: 16934] (129769)
  • [2017-12-08 9:52]

Witaj Daniel!
Interesting fountain.
Beautiful facade.
Good frame and colors.
Woman add flavor to this composition.
Well done.
Good evening.

Ciao Daniel
ottima condivisione, non è uno dei luoghi più turistici di Roma, però merita una citazione e una bella foto come questa.
Buon we

Hello Daniel,
This is an excellent view of the fountain. The POV is great and the light management is well done. I like the placement of the the woman and the dog in the frame.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24956 W: 520 N: 42080] (180362)
  • [2017-12-09 0:38]

Hello Daniel,

You show us the Fountain of Ponte Sisto on a wonderful way.
I like the nice old architecture of the small building.
You did excellent addition the lady with dog on the stairway in foreground
Pleasant picture to look at.
An excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16087 W: 159 N: 28052] (147454)
  • [2017-12-09 23:35]

Hi Daniel
Belle architecture de la fontaine, la prise au bas des escaliers avec la dame et son petit chien, bel effet ombre et de lumière
Belle présentation
Beau dimanche

Hi Daniel,

The trees are framing well the fountain. The point of view is showing the details of the fountain. It is clear and sharp. Have a nice day.


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