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the fountain of the giants

Near the Castel dell’Ovo lies the monumental Fontana del Gigante, or fountain of the giants, built in the early 17th century by Pietro Bernini and Michelangelo Naccherino. The symbols of the city are on three Roman arches. In the central arch you can see the cup held by two sea creatures, while river gods and sea monsters are depicted on the other two arches. On the sides, caryatids hold cornucopias. It was initially designed as adornment and embellishment to Piazza Plebiscito and next to it was the Giant statue. It was only in 1906 that it was placed where it currently is on via Partenope, after having been moved to other parts of the city first.

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