Da Ponte Fountain

Koper, Slovenia

The Da Ponte Fountain dates from 1666, replacing an older one on the same site. Its superstructure is in the shape of a bridge, surmounting an octagonal water basin surrounded by fifteen pilasters, each bearing the arms of local noble families who had contributed funds toward the fountain.

A subaquatic aqueduct connected the island of Koper to the mainland as early as the end of the 14th century. By the 16th century, the 10,000 inhabitants of the city were facing a water shortage, rainwater cisterns having become inadequate. In the 17th century, Niccolò Manzuoli recorded the city water supply, noting that a 2-mile distant spring at Colonna was piped to the island via wooden underwater tubes, some of which have been unearthed during excavations by modern archeologists.

The water spurts from four mascarons at the base of the arch. The fountain was used as a source of potable water until 1898.



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Founded: 1666
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Slovenia

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Mark Courtney-Massey (13 months ago)
What a beautiful little place. From the old town to the modern area. Architecture and squares and pretty little cobbled streets. To clean new modern shopping and restaurants. A glorious place to stop and absorb. Highly recommend to everyone. GO..⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Harry's Wanderlust (17 months ago)
Beautiful fountain! Even by night! Even in winter! Loved it!
Tracy Hughes (2 years ago)
Beautiful town right on the marina. A lift takes you up to the old part of koper..very clean, very friendly and extremely quirky. Lots of narrow streets and unusual shops for that something different.. Had the most amazing tasting coffee just off from the square. If you are on a cruise, be advised you will need to carry your passport with you and its about 10 min to get back through security.....standing in 31 degrees heat...but well worth a visit ?
Simon Heffernan (2 years ago)
Pretty fountain. Small turnstiles on either side to throw your wish coin in to the water. Worth a walk through en route through the old town
Rajdeep Majumder (3 years ago)
Old place for history enthusiastics
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