Water is a must for people visiting Dubrovnik in the hot sunny days of summer. This is the Onofrio's Fountain, a 16 side drinking fountain which was designed by the Italian architect Onofrio de la Cava in 1440. The fountain is a part of the city's elaborate water system with fresh water coming all the way from Rijeka at 12km away. Onofrei's fountain is located right after the entrance in the Dubrovnik Old City (fortress).
This old fountain is a unique 16-sided domed reservoir built in the memory of the new water works in 1438 - a seven-mile aqueduct system from mountain springs to city fountains. Loved all the detail of the old faces around it for the water spouts too (pic 4).
Entering the old City though the pile gate you will se Onofrios fountain, or whats left of it. Part of the fountain was destroyed in an earthquake in 1667.
There are still 16 masks remaining from wich clean water still runs.
Next to the Franciscan Monastery on the western side of the old town is Onofrio’s Large Fountain, erected in 1440. The original fountain had a waterworks display that was impressive. Another casualty of the 1667 earthquake, it lost most of its original functionality, although clear river water still flows from the fountain today.
Big Onofrio Fountain is located inside the Pile Gate. It was built by Onofrio della Cava in 1438. The fountain was built for the purpose of supplying fresh water to the city by pulling in water from the River Dubrovacka. It once had 2 storeys but it was damaged in the earthquake of 1667. There are masked faces on the fountain from which water flows.
The most popular place to meet in Dubrovnik.
It is sometimes difficult to find a free tap around the fountain. All the tourists are washing their hands and faces here. They refresh and drink the water.
It is drinkable and it is said that if someone drinks this water he or she will come back to Dubrovnik in future.
And if someone wants any love dream to come true he or she must drink the water from all the taps. So don't be suprised if you notice some girls running around the fountain and drinking the water... :-)
Just across from St. Saviour's and the Franciscan monastery complex is this giant fountain. It is located at the entrance to the city just inside the Pile Gate for good reason, as it was a requirement for visitors to the city to wash here before gaining entrance in order to avoid the spread of the plague.
The fountain is basically a big stone circle topped by a dome with ornate heads sprouting from its surface and spewing water into a surrounding ring shaped pool. It was designed by the Italian architect Onofrio de la Cava who also designed the smaller fountain on the far eastern end of Stradun near the base of the bell-tower.
Built around 1444, you must be blind to miss the fountain. It is a most welcome relief from the intense heat of Dubrovnik. Use the ice cool water to cool yourself down, so don't forget to take your facecloth with!
Upon entering the Pile Gate and opposite to the church of St. Salvation you'll find one of the city's highlights before you. Onofrio's Fountain is a 16-sided drinking fountain that was built by Italian architect, Onofrio de la Cava in the 15h century. The Fountain is part of the town's water supply system which Onofrio managed to create by bringing the water from the wells of Rijeka Dubrovacka about 8 miles (12 km) from Dubrovnik. Nowadays it's a popular meeting spot for city locals.
The Fountain was built in 1444 by Onofrio de la Cava. It's a drinking fountain with 16 sides and takes it's water from a spring 20 kilometers away. A major accomplichment and the constuction a master piece of it's time.
Aparently in use since the fourteenth century ,serving the purpose of attracting large numbers of tourists so people can try and harass them into local resteraunts.