At the base of the ancient Egyptian obelisk, which graces the centre of Piazza del Popolo, stands the Fontana dei Quattro Leoni (1828), which was designed by the Roman architect Giuseppe Valadier (1762-1839).
The Fountain of the Lions actually takes the form of four mini-fountains, each comprising a marble lion seated on a stepped plinth.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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