Spring of Juturna Rome (Lacus Iuturnae)

The Spring of Juturna is a fountain that used to flank the Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum in Rome. Most of the ornaments that used to decorate the monument are on display in the Antiquarium.

Spring of Juturna Rome

Practical information

Address, entrance fee and opening hours of the Spring of Juturna are those of the Roman Forum, the Palatine and the Colosseum.

History Spring of Juturna Rome

This fountain plays a fairly important role in the history of the Forum itself. After the sons of the gods, Castor and Pollux, helped the Romans win the Battle of Lake Regillus (499 B.C.), they mystically appeared in the Forum, appearing at the Spring of Juturna to quench the thirst of their horses and to announce victory. 15 years later, the Temple of Castor and Pollux was built next to the fountain.

The Spring of Juturna had a basin about 5 by 5 meters and was lined with marble. The water was believed to have healing powers. In the center of the basin was a pedestal with the statues of the two Dioscuri. (These were later recovered in fragments and are now on display in the Antiquarium.)

Excavations in the 20th century uncovered the monumental fountain. The basin was one meter lower than it is today, at the ground level in the time of Emperor Augustus. The last restoration was probably simultaneous with the construction of the Temple of Castor and Pollux.

On the edge of the well is a plaster cast of the base, depicting the Dioscuri, together with Zeus, Leda and Juturna. The original is also in the Antiquarium.

The Temple of Juturna is located south of the Fountain, built against the Oratory of the Forty Martyrs.

Spring of Juturna, Rome


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