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find the Neptune
Fountain in the
"Plaza de Canovas de Castillo" in front of the Museo Thyssen Bornemizsa.
The fountain was designed by Ventura
Rodríguez (he also designed the Fuente
de la Cibeles) and sculpted by Juan de Mena.
In this work we see Neptune,
the god of the sea (AKA Poseidon) standing proudly on a shell-shaped
chariot being pulled by sea-horses. Neptune created the horse during his
struggle with Minerva to rule Athens. Jupiter proclaimed that the
one who created the most useful object for use by mankind would be
given reign over the city. Minerva then created the olive tree (symbol of peace
& the exact opposite of the horse, symbol of war) and hence she
was declared ruler of Athens over Neptune.
Standing tall and wielding
his trident, Neptune took up residence in the Plaza de Canovas de
Castillo in 1780 after being commissioned by King Carlos III.
Fuente de Neptuno - jeremy's practical info
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