Big Onofrije's Fountain, Dubrovnik

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    Ancient Water Well, Old Town

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    This water well was built during the 15th century and brings water from 12 km away. The water still runs today and you can drink or wash your hands in it. It is located inside the City walls as you enter through the Pile Gate you will see it just before the Stradun , the main street.

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    BIG ONOFRIO'S FOUNTAIN

    by ruki Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Located at the open space right to Pile gate. It is a 16-sided drinking fountain built by Onofrio de la Cava (1438 - 1444). The Fountain is part of the town's water supply system which Onofrio managed to create by bringing the water from the well in Rijeka Dubrovacka. The well is located 20 km from Big Onofrio's Fountain and this construction was a masterpiece of that time.

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    Onofrio's Fountain

    by codrutz Written Nov 7, 2005

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    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).

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    The Onophrian Fountain

    by sandysmith Updated Oct 25, 2005

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    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).

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    Remains of a fountain

    by Obak81 Written Aug 27, 2005

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    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.

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    Onofrio's Large Fountain

    by karenincalifornia Written Jan 12, 2005

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    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.

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  • Big Onofrio Fountain

    by grkboiler Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    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.

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    The Big Onofrije's Fountain

    by Madlena Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    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... :-)

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    Onofrio's fountain(s)

    by acemj Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    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.

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    Big Onofrije's Fountain

    by mvtouring Written Apr 9, 2004

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    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!

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    Dubrovnik: Onofrio's Fountain

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    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.

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    Onofrio Fountain

    by Psife Written Oct 21, 2003

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    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.

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    The Fountain

    by biggeorge Written Feb 10, 2004

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    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.

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