Fountain of the Four Rivers in the Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy. It was designed in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Innocent X whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced onto the piazza as did the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone of which Innocent was the sponsor. They represent four major rivers of the four continents through which papal authority had spread: the Danube representing Europe. the Ganges representing Asia, the Nile representing Africa and the Rio della Plata representing America. Each has animals and plants that further carry forth identification. The fountain faces the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Francesco Borromini.
I BENI ERANO TROPPO DEBOLI PER DIFENDERSI, E COSÌ FURONO CACCIATI VIA DAI MALI. ALLORA SE NE VOLARONO IN CIELO, CHIEDENDO A ZEUS COME DOVEVANO FARE PER AIUTARE GLI UOMINI. ED EGLI CONSIGLIÒ DI NON ANDARE TUTTI INSIEME, MA DI PRESENTARSI LORO UNO ALLA VOLTA.
ECCO PERCHÉ I MALI CHE DIMORANO VICINO AGLI UOMINI, LI ASSALGONO SENZA TREGUA, MENTRE I BENI, DOVENDO SCENDERE DAL CIELO, ARRIVANO CON MOLTA LENTEZZA.
I BENI NESSUNO RIESCE AD OTTENERLI RAPIDAMENTE, MENTRE NON PASSA GIORNO SENZA CHE OGNUNO SIA BERSAGLIATO DAI MALI.
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