The Source of Today's Outdoor Fountains

The Source of Today's Outdoor Fountains The translation of hundreds of classical Greek texts into Latin was commissioned by the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455.Source Today's Outdoor Fountains 32073200590006969.jpg He undertook the beautification of Rome to turn it into the model capital of the Christian world. In 1453 the Pope commissioned the reconstruction of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. The ancient Roman tradition of building an awe-inspiring commemorative fountain at the location where an aqueduct arrived, also known as a mostra, was revived by Nicholas V. The present-day site of the Trevi Fountain was once occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and constructed by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. Adjustments and extensions, included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually provided the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

Anglo Saxon Landscapes During the Norman Conquest

Anglo Saxon Landscapes Norman Conquest 6947446931365.jpg Anglo Saxon Landscapes During the Norman Conquest The Anglo-Saxon way of life was dramatically changed by the introduction of the Normans in the later eleventh century. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But before concentrating on home-life or having the occasion to consider domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire population. Because of this, castles were cruder constructions than monasteries: Monasteries were frequently immense stone buildings located in the biggest and most fertile valleys, while castles were built on windy crests where their inhabitants dedicated time and space to tasks for offense and defense. Relaxing pastimes such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is exemplified in Berkeley Castle, which is most likely the most unscathed illustration we have. It is said that the keep was developed during William the Conqueror's time. As a strategy of deterring assailants from tunneling beneath the walls, an immense terrace encircles the building. On one of these parapets is a picturesque bowling green covered in grass and surrounded by an aged hedge of yew that has been designed into coarse battlements.
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