The Granfonte is a monumental public fountain built in Renaissance-Baroque style, located in Leonforte. The elongated fountain extends for 24 meters, consists of 24 bronze spouts where he still gushing fresh spring water.

This structure completed in 1651 by Prince Nicolò Placido Branciforti, founder of the town of Leonforte. It was sited at the usual meeting-place for the town, and with its twenty-four spouts, provided ample and easy access. The work refers to various embodiments of the Flemish artists, at the time very widespread in Sicily, and is attributable to style and morphology to the Mariano Smiriglio architect’s artistic school from Palermo.

It is said that the Prince wanted to build it on the ruins of an old Moorish fountain, with a design similar to that of an existing fountain at that time in Amsterdam.

This monumental fountain was built with bearing walls of sandstone blocks from square cut and worked with sculptures in the round, low and high relief, engravings and decorations; twenty-four bronze spouts sorted pour water in the rectangular tank.

In the facade are visible twenty-two niches bottomless rectangular with round arches; central tower and two side with frames, ornaments and inscriptions, connected by spirals stone; two lions rampant on the side towers.



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    Roberto Saccà (10 months ago)
    Monumental Fountain of incredible beauty. A must visit !!!!
    salvatore raele (13 months ago)
    Monumental 24-pipe fountain also known as vintiquattrucannola (twenty-fourcannoli). Beautiful to look at and refreshing on those hot days. On Friday evenings there is an interesting nightlife thanks to the characteristic local front, the Camurria.
    GIUSEPPE FICHERA (13 months ago)
    In a little town known by mass tourism, you find yourself a beautiful source of Romanesque origin that has nothing to envy to the famous Roman fountains. To visit
    Luigi Venticinque (14 months ago)
    Historic fountain which takes its name from the 24 cannulas from which, still today, excellent spring water flows. Monumental, well maintained. To visit absolutely.
    Giovanni Stracquadaneo (14 months ago)
    Monumental fountain of Leonforte. 24 spouts from which very fresh water flows and which is still used daily by the citizens. It overlooks a rural setting typical of the Sicilian hinterland. It deserves a lot!
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