Fontana di Borgo Vecchio
Public Art : Fontana di Borgo Vecchio (also known as
the Dragon Fountain)
Carlo Maderno (1556 – January 30, 1629)
Description : There are actually two similar
fountains on the corner facing St Peter's . The two fountains were built between 1605 and 1621 by Carlo
Maderno during the papacy of Paolo V Borghese. Both fountains are framed by a gothic facade and include a dragon.
One of the fountains includes a Borghese eagle (which looks more like a chicken) and the other
the letters S.P.A .(Sacro Palazzo Apostolico) meaning Holy Apostolic Building.
Unveiled : 1605 and 1621
Location : The two dragon fountains it can be found
on the corner of Borgo Vecchio and Borgo Nuovo near Via Della Conciliazione, Italy.
Background : Seems Pope Paul V Borghese wanted
to leave a lasting memory of himself and his family thus many of the fountains and buildings bore his family crest
It was Pope Paul V who initiated the restoring of the Aqua Traiana, an ancient Roman Aqueduct
which he promptly named after himself, Acqua Paola. The fountain is fed by Acqua Paola.