Big Onofrije's Fountain, Dubrovnik

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    Fountains

    by xaver Written Oct 31, 2013

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    Two fountains of Onofrio are placed at the beginning and the end of the Stradun. The bigger one is next to Pile gate and it has masks throwing water out of their mouth.
    The other one is smaller and it's just before Ploce gate.
    You can drink water from the fountain, it's fresh and nobody ever got poisoned.

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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 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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    Onofrio's Great Fountain

    by Balam Written Sep 18, 2012

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    After walking through the Magnificent Pile Gate the first thing you see is this fantastic water fountain called Velika Onofrijeva Fontana (Onofrio's Great Fountain) shaped like a polygon and topped with a dome, its not your normal kind of ornamental fountain, it once formed a part of the city's water supply system.
    It was built in 1444 and visitors to the city were required to wash here from one of the 14 masks around the fountain that spout water to guard against bringing in the plague.
    Once there were statues around the fountain but they were destroyed in an earthquake in 1667.
    When we first passed by the fountain a few people were standing around talking and a man dressed in period costume was selling 'Hearts of Dubrovnik' for 1 euro, later on he had gone the people had crowded into the city and they were selling audio tours and trips!

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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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    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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    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 most useful monument

    by solopes Updated Dec 10, 2014

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    Strategically located, this fountain from the 15th century, is visited by everybody, either to drink its cool water, either to wash face and hands.

    Sixteen fountains always pouring water brought from a well 20 km distant, welcome the visitors, and make this the most visited monument in Dubrovnik. With justice!

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    The Big Onofrio's Fountain

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 4, 2011

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    Around mid of the 15th century The Republic hired Italian builder Onofrio della Cawa to construct the urban aqueduct. It was an exceptional case for that period, bringing water to the town from a well, because most of the Dalmatian cities under Venetian rule solved the problem of water supply by building cisterns for rain water. The well was at Rijeka Dubrovacka, 12 kilometres away from the city, and was brought by two branches, one supplied workshops while the other one was accessible to the public.
    The Fountain is situated next to the Pile Gate, on the small square right in fron of the church of the Saviour. It was heavily damaged by earthquake in 1667 and splendid sculptural ornaments are lost forever. The original 16 masks in relief, however, are still extant and water jets are gushing out of their mouths.

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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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    A Fountain Still Used to Drink

    by BruceDunning Updated May 25, 2010

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    It was designed by Onofrio Giordina in 1438. It was damaged in 1667 eathquake, but reworked. The fountain still is in use today, and you can drink the water (they say it is okay). There are 16 fountains with carved masks over them, but I only saw two working when we were there. The spring feeding the fountain is 6 miles away, and during latest siege, only the Dominican church well provided water

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    Fountains

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    When you enter Dubrovnik at the Pile Gate you will see Big Onofrio's Fountain. Near Ploce Gate you will find Small Onofrio's Fountain. Their original purpose was for travellers to wash at before going into the city proper to prevent plague and disease. All these years later they are still useful for cooling down and refilling your water bottle. A true Godsend.

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    Onofrio's Fountain

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 14, 2011

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    The Onofrio fountain was constructed in the 15th Century as part of the water supply system. The fountain is named after the 15th Century engineer, Onofrio de la Cava. With its sixteen sided drinking fountain points it served the public drinking water for a number of centuries and even during the Balkans War in the early 1990s.

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    the Fountain of Onofrio

    by traveloturc Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Very near to Franciscan Monastery on the western side of the old town is Onofrio’s Large Fountain, was build in 1440. In the 1667 earthquake, it lost original functionality, although clear river water still flows from the 16 fountains today. The well is situated 20 km far from this place and the work is outstanding

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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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