Moses Fountain Rome

The Moses Fountain can be found in the Piazza San Bernardo in Rome, at a short walk from the main railway station Roma Termini. It is the fountain at the end of the Acqua Felice Aqueduct.

Moses Fountain Rome

Opening hours and admission

The fountain can be seen from outside.

History and description

Moses Fountain Rome
Moses Fountain

The Fontana del Mosé was designed in 1587 by the brothers Domenico and Giovanni Fontana and was meant to be the showpiece of the Acqua Felice Aqueduct.

As the rather large inscription above the niches shows, the aqueduct and fountain were commissioned by Pope Sixtus, whose real name was Felice.

It consists of three niches created by the placement of four Ionic columns. The columns are embellished with 4 Egyption lions, two of which were constructed of white marble while the other two were made of a darker variety.

The middle niche contains the statue of Moses himself, which was however placed there at a later date. Statues of Aronne and of Gideon adorn the outer ones.

Next to the Moses Fountain, Pope Sixtus had 2 laundry washing basins placed, as well as a covered wash-house for women.

Address and public transport

The address of the Fontana di Mosé is Piazza San Bernardo, Rome. Metro: Repubblica (line A).

Moses Fountain – Piazza San Bernardo Rome

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