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Roma, Piazza Navona
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In the 16th century the Piazza Navona was formed to an exquisite example of Baroque architecture. It is located at the site of the ancient Roman Stadium of Domitian. One can still recognise the shape of the Roman stadium. In the middle of the piazza you can see the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumine), completed in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The western part of the piazza is dominated by the church Sant’Agnese in Agone. One of the architects of the Baroque church was Francesco Borromini.

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