LEGO Architecture – Trevi Fountain   3 comments

I got this set for Christmas. This is one of the more gratifying LEGO constructions I’ve done. It took almost 3 hours to build, but it was worth it.

In 2006, we went on a week-long trip in Europe that took us to Germany, Austria, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Florence, Rome, Vatican City and Paris. Rome was probably my favorite out of all the places we visited. The Coliseum, the ruins of old structures still standing in the city (aqueducts, bridges) and Trevi Fountain itself.

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History

The imposing fountain sits at the junction of three roads, or tre vie, which many believe gave the fountain its name. Built by Marcu Vipsanius Agrippa in 19 BC, the Aqua Virgo aqueduct was over 13 miles (21 km) long and even then had a fountain at its terminus.


The aqueduct and fountain served Rome for over 400 years, but after the invasion of the Goths in AD 537, the aqueduct was cut off and the final portion abandoned. It would be over 1,000 years, and the advent of the Early Renaissance period, before a fountain would again stand in the location we know today.

The Trevi Fountain has become an iconic symbol of Rome and remains one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. It is estimated that 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day.

The fountain has provided a backdrop for many classic movies, including Hollywood’s 1954 romantic comedy, Three Coins in a Fountain, and Federico Fellini’s famous 1960 La Dolce Vita. Part of the fountain is also replicated at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World in the US.

The fountain was refurbished in 1998; the stonework was scrubbed and all cracks and other areas of deterioration were repaired by skilled artisans, and the fountain was equipped with recirculating pumps.

In January 2013, it was announced that the Italian fashion company Fendi would sponsor a 20-month, €2.2 million restoration of the fountain; it will be the most thorough restoration in the fountain’s history

I’m done.

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3 responses to “LEGO Architecture – Trevi Fountain

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  1. Cool! The animals look like a horse/crab hybrid—awesome! Really though, couldn’t they have made something a bit more horse like? Do you just keep the spare parts? You would have enough to build the Great Wall of China by now! (Lego size)

  2. That is pretty neat! I’ve actually been there…

    • Rome was the best city I went to almost 9 years ago out of all the cities on our tour package. Our tour guide, Pepe, made me really believe he was from the past when he talked about the places around the Coliseum and the ruins in the area 🙂

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