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The less obvious attractions not to be missed in the Vatican

The construction of the Acqua Paola aqueduct, which was completed in 1612, at the time of Pope Paul V, partially recovering the ancient Aqueduct of Trajan that supplied Rome, made possible the existence of gardens with fountains, tanks, lakes and water games. One of these monuments is the Fountain of the Eagle, one of the less known tourist attractions of the Vatican, more associated with St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Castel Sant’Angelo and its museums.

Next to the Mater Ecclesiae monastery and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, located in Villa Pio IV or Casa do Bosque, is the famous Fountain of the Eagle, commemorating the Vatican Ecumenical Council I. Its name derives from the majestic marble eagle that it occupies the top of this fountain-cascade, consisting of rocks, lined with mosses, which form niches and caves, with dragons and other statues.

Another of the less mediated attractions is Fonte da Galera. Its name derives from the metal piece, a galley, which is located in the center of a large stone tank that, in turn, is sweetened to the façade of the Belvedere building, north of the gardens. It is the most original and complex source, because of this ship spurt innumerable jets and water games, of great decorative and symbolic effect.


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