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The Fontana Maggiore: photo description (Fontana Maggiore)

The Fontana Maggiore is a majestic medieval fountain located in Piazza Grande, also known as Area 4 November, between the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia. Above him in the 1277-1278 years of work by several people. So, the local friar Bevignate Yes Cignoli has developed a draft multilateral two concentric marble basins surmounted by a bronze bowl. The hydraulic system has designed another monk - Boninsegna Veneziano. Very bronze bowl, decorated with statues of the nymphs, is the work of the Perugia sculptor Rosso, Padillia. Finally, on the creation of a sculpture located in the fountain, worked as Nicolo Pisano and his youngest son Giovanni Pisano.

The fountain was part of program for improvement of Perugia, which began in the second half of the 13th century and dedicated to the construction of a new aqueduct, which allowed to bring water from the mountains Pachano, standing a few kilometers from the city, to the very center of Perugia. In 1348 the structure was seriously damaged in the earthquake, but was later restored.

25 the sides of the pool you can see the 50 bas-reliefs depicting various prophets and saints, patrons of the months of the year, signs of the zodiac, scenes from Genesis, and events from the history of Ancient Rome and Perugia, and 24 sculptures. General view of the fountain is characterized by harmonious and elegant lines, as well as priceless decorations. The first major restoration work was carried out in the mid-20th century, and the last one in the early 1990-ies, with the result that the whole structure was returned to its former splendor.