The fountain of Dioscuri, Piazza Quirinal in Rome

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The Fountain of Dioscuri

The fountain of Dioscuri is located on the Quirinal Square in Rome, where you can also see the Palace of the same name, official residence of the President of Italy. Two majestic statues, representing Castor and Pollux (The Dioscuri), 5 m high, they surround an obelisk in pink granite and dominate a large basin of water in front of the whole. In fact this sculptural group is a bit of a patchwork of different elements add over the course of history, the sculptures are installed under the aegis of Sixtus V in 1588 and were originally at the Therme of Constantine, then the obelisk that was found in three pieces near the mausoleum of Augustus, it was restored and added to the center of Dioscuri in 1786 by Pope Pius VI, and finally the large basin from the Campo Vaccino was installed in 1818 by Pius VII.

Castor and Pollux come from a somewhat twisted myth that they are sons of Zeus who turned into a swan to seduce Leda, their mothers. The story has many variations and it is not clear who laid the eggs, Zeus or Leda. In any case, each would be from a different egg and accompanied by Clytemnestra in one and Helen in the other. The two brothers will be part of several cults, in the one of Rome, they are associated with the great victory of Régille, they have a similar importance to Romulus and Remus and to the she-wolf for the Romans.

 

The Fountain of Dioscuri

The Fountain of Dioscuri

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The Fountain of Dioscuri

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The Fountain of Dioscuri

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The Fountain of Dioscuri

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The Fountain of Dioscuri

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