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I was in Rome 35 years ago, it was my first lonely trip i n Western country. I was then still quite young (from today perspective, it seemed to me I was old already) and blond, so when I stopped for a moment to see the map, at once someone wanted to guide me wherever I wanted to go. I liked it very much. The Italians were so curious about Poland, asked me many questions. And also told me many things. So in Piazza Navona I heard the story about Bernini and Borromini. When I came this time(in fact, I went to Piazza Navona every day) I remembered it all.
Piazza Navona is the most beautiful square in Rome. This is Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and the base of Egyptian obelisque. Interesting how the language influence art. In Polish the river is feminine. In Italian it is il fiume - masculine. So all rivers are shown as old men.
The rivers are: the Danube, the Ganges, the Nile, and the Rio de la Plata, on four continents. Didn't they know Mississippi, or it would be wrong symmetry?

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11353 W: 121 N: 28966] (136862)
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