Big Onofrije's Fountain, Dubrovnik

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    Great Onofrio's fountain and city walls
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    Great Onofrio's fountain at night
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    Great Onofrio's fountain at night
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    Onofrio's fountain

    by nsbm Updated Nov 12, 2006

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    Now there are two Onofrios fountains; the big one pictured here and the smaller one @ Luza just below the Bell Tower. These were public access points for the medieval aqueductal spring derived water system designed to supply water to ancient Dubrovnik. The spring itself is 12km away and via covered aqueducts and water mills the H2O reaches the town. These are reminiscent of the karez water systems I saw in western China devised by the Uighurs to supply water from the mountain-snowmelt to the dry plains below, except here its an underground spring..probably fed by snowmelt from the surrounding Dalmatian ranges
    Around the fountain is a cosy lively piazza, where ballads, cafes and the imposing Franciscan monastery can be found near the city gate. Here to is a great landmark for the beginning of the Stradun and its delights.

    'Onofrio piazza'-the big fountain original mask of water spout street action around Onofrio
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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... :-)

    Fountain with decorated taps
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    Fountain

    by tim07 Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    After entering through Pile Gate this is one of the first monuments you come across. Built in the 15th century but heavily damaged in the 1667 earthquake, the fountain is a great place to sit & relax. 16 carved masks with water jets gushing from their mouths into a drainage pool remain.

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    Fresh water

    by jonathanbarker Written Nov 9, 2014

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    I walked through the Pile Gate and just inside the old town is an interesting fountain. It is called the Large Onofrio fountain. It is one of two Onofrio fountains, the other is the smaller Onofrio fountain and is at the other end of Stradun. The fountains were built in the 15th century and were part of a system to provide fresh drinking water to the citizens. Fresh water comes from an aqueduct from outside the town. The Big Onofrio fountain has sixteen sides and water comes from taps contained inside the stone carved faces called "maskerons"
    The water is safe to drink, and the fountain is often used as a backdrop for photos.

    The Big Onofrio Fountain
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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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    Great Onofrio's Fountain

    by Airpunk Written Aug 11, 2013

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    In a medieval and renaissance metropolis like Dubrovnik, the access to clean water was essential. Long before a modern water supply system existed, fountains played an important role. Water was collected on where now Sponza Palace stands in a cistern, in dry times water was carried by ships.
     
    In 1436, an aquaeduct was built to carry the water from a mountain source into the city. The end of the water line in the city became Great Onofrio's fountain built betwen 1438 and 1438. Two years later, a "subsidiary" fountain at the other end of Stradun (the main street) was added and called Small Onofrio's fountain. The fountain was damaged in the 1667 earthquake and some damages can still be seen. What you can not see anymore is the big dragon statue on top of the fountain which was completely destroyed in the earthquake. The greatest fact about this fountain is that the old aquaeduct system is still in use today as it was in the 1400s - and the water quality fulfills modern standards.
     
    Though it is often believed that the fountain is named after a saint, it has the name of its designer, Onofrio della Cava.

    Great Onofrio's Fountain The fountain seen from the city walls Great Onofrio's fountain at night Great Onofrio's fountain at night Great Onofrio's fountain and city walls
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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.

    Onofrio Fountain
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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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    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).

    old fountain from the walls old fountain old fountain detail from fountain

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    Big Onofrio's Fountain

    by antistar Written Nov 14, 2010

    It's not just called big because it's big, but to differentiate it from the smaller Onofrio's fountain nearby. This giant fountain is part of a 15th century engineering marvel that drew water from a well 20km away and piped it into the old town. Today you'll find it marking the main entrance to the old town, and the beginning of the Stradun.

    Big Onofrio's Fountain, Dubrovnik

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    Onofrio's Fountain

    by shavy Written Sep 2, 2014

    This drinking fountain is located just at the beginning of Stradun, the main street of the old town. The structure was named after its builder, the Italian Onofrio de la Cava, dates from 1440 and includes 16 sides. The concept is part of the water supply system of the city and brings water from the well in Rijeka Dubrovacka, at more than 20 km away, to the heart of the city. Before that this interest was, therefore, more than a masterpiece of architectural sophistication. Originally the fountain was decorated with a sculpture, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1667, the Remaining 16 stone masks from which the water flows into a lake.

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    The Big Onforio's Fountain

    by tpk2 Written May 25, 2007

    The Big Onforio's Fountain is most likely the first monument you'll see once entering the old town. It stands right in front of the Pile Gate. It's a polygon shaped fountain with 16 garved heads, built in 1438.

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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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