Do you know the “Fountain of the Four Rivers” (La Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) in Rome’s Piazza Navona?? One of the four rivers that make up that gorgeous baroque fountain is Ganges! Known as Ganga in Hindi, Ganges is the sacred river in Hinduism believed to have the purest water. Everyday millions of people throng on its shore to receive salvation and blessings. It is quite common in Hindu households to keep a bottle of Ganga water at home. Even a person’s last ashes are thrown into the river as a symbol of purifying the soul.
About the Fountain of the Four Rivers
Ganges is one of the four rivers depicted in the Fountain of the Four Rivers and is a great example of “India in Italy”. The fountain, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 17th century, sits in the middle of the bustling square called Piazza Navona. With a 52 ft. obelisk, a lion and and four giant sea gods, this work of art is breathtaking!
The fountain of four rivers, as it is so rightly named, shows four rivers from four different continents/corners of the world. The rivers are:
- Ganges representing Asia
- Nile representing Africa
- Danube representing Europe
- Rio de la Plata representing America
About Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona is one of the first piazze that I visited in Italy! With its luscious fountains and ornate palazzi, it is absolutely the most beautiful squares of the Eternal City. Furthermore, it is lined with baroque fountains and colorful restaurants which makes it charming. In other words walking in this square is nothing but a treat!
Check this Drone video of Rome-The Fountain of Four Rivers is at 1:46!
Further Reading on Rome:
Thursday Doors from Rome by Manja