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The Fountain of Santa Sofia at Benevento, Italy


late eighteenth century

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Benevento lies along the Appian Way about 50 km northeast of Naples. Due to its key location on the railway line between Rome and Apulia, the town was heavily bombed by the allies during World War II and much of the medieval town was destroyed.
The church of Santa Sofia survived and was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2011. When the present watercolour was painted, the fountain was sited against a wall, with a sculptural relief above it. However, the wall was pulled down on the orders of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, circa 1800 and the fountain rebuilt, as a large central circular fountain, surmounted by an obelisk.


Inscribed upper left: Fontaine de St Sophia/a Benevent

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Fontana Chiaromonte, Benevento, Italy