Fuente de Neptuno, Madrid
Though not as overwhelming as the Cibeles Fountain, the Neptune fountain is a major fountain in central Madrid. It represents Neptune, God of the Sea. In one of his hands he holds a coiled snake, in the other he holds his trident. His chariot is being pulled by two large sea horses surrounded by dolphins.
It is here that the Atletico Madrid, the second of Madrid's two major football teams, celebrates victory.
As our bus drove around the busy roundabout we were able to take a few photos of this beautiful fountain. It is very large and shows Neptune in his chariot being drawn by 2 horses.
The statute was designed in 1780 by Ventura Rodriguez.
We wished we had more time in Madrid to walk the beautiful streets of Bourbon Madrid.
In the centre of Plaza de Canovas del Castillo is the god Neptune riding his horse drawn chariot and wielding his trident. The sculpture was built under the order of Carlos III in 1780 and was sculpted by Juan Pascual Mena and designed by Ventura Rodriguez.
La Fuente de Neptuno is in the middle of the Paseo del Prado, between Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo del Prado. It was designed by Ventura Rodríguez in 1782.
This is the place where supporters of Atlético de Madrid celebrate the victories of their team.
The fountain was completed by Ventura Rodriguez in the 18th C. and represents the god Apollo together with four groups of sculptures representing the four seasons.
La fuente fue hecha por Ventura Rodriguez en el siglo 18 y representa el dios Apolo junto a un grupo de 4 esculturas representando las 4 estaciones.
Walking away from Cibeles Square and towards the Atocha-Renfe station, you'll see another sculpture in a fountain. This one is called Fuente de Neptuno (Neptune Fountain) and portrays Neptune, the god of the sea, standing on a chariot pulled by horses and surrounded by dolphins. He has a trident on one hand and a snake entangled on the other arm. This fountain is the place where Atlético de Madrid fans and football players meet to celebrate their victories.
Beware of the pickpockets in this area.
This spectacular white fontain can be seen at "Plaza Canovas" just in front of the Museum thyssen.
The legend says that Neptune - also known as Poseidon - son of Cronos and God of the sea - had to compete against Minerva to rule over Athena.
Jupiter said that the one who will create the most usefull object will rule. So Neptune created horses and thought he'd won as everyone could imagine which usefull object would Minerva be able to create after the horses - symbol of war. But she did, she created an olive tree - symbol of peace - and won!
Neptune's Fountain stands in green and peaceful Plaza Cánovas del Castillo. Carlos III had it built by Ventura Rodríguez in 1780 as part of his continuous quest to beautify the city. You'll find two upmarket hotels in the same square.Atlético de Madrid football fans meet here to celebrate their team's victories with rowdy high spirits.
Neptune's Fountain is located in the heart of Madrid's Art Walk next to the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. It's a bit difficult to get close to the fountain to photograph it since it's in the middle of a busy circular intersection. You'll have to risk your life running through traffic or just pop on the telephoto lens like I did.
The area the fountain is in is great, but the fountain itself is inaccessible and surrounded by traffic. I had to use my powerful zoom on my superduper new camera to get a good shot of it.
Built between 1,780 and 1.784, sculptured by Juan Pascual de Mena, according to a design of Ventura Rodríguez.
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The Fountain of Neptuno was built between 1780-84. Nowadays it is a meeting point for the fans of Atletico De Madrid to celebrate after a victory.