Spagna Piazza Navon

Piazza Navona is one of the most famous squares in Rome , built by the Pamphili family . Its shape is that of an ancient stadium : it was built in monumental style at the behest of Pope Innocent X (Giovanni Battista Pamphilj). Piazza Navona, at the time of ancient Rome , was the Stadium of Domitian which was built by the emperor Domitian in the 85th and in the 3rd century was restored by Alexander Severus . It was 276 meters long, 106 wide and could accommodate 30,000 spectators. The stadium was richly decorated with some statues , one of which is that of Pasquino (perhaps a copy of a Hellenistic parchment group supposedly representing Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus ), now in the homonymous square next to Piazza Navona. The name of the square was originally "in Agone" (from the Latin in agonis , "games") because the stadium was used exclusively for athletic competitions. Formerly the square was concave, the closures of the three fountains were blocked and the water came out so as to flood the square.




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