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It was fed by the waters of Mount Tavi, and was designed to celebrate the myth of the river god Crysa. It was made by Prince Branciforte looking to achieve something similar to Pope Paolo V in Rome. In Baroque style it is characterized by a remarkable architectural balance: a triumphal arch placed on an artificial rock from which the water comes out of the mouth of the lioness; pouring into a polygonal tub with white-blue majolica tiles. One of the two side niches contains a marble sculpture (Artemis goddess of the hunt or harvest goddess Demeter); the other, now empty was home to a nude figure of a river god, here renamed “U Santu misiru” probably the god Crysa. Today the statue has been taken to the council chamber in the Town Hall.

 

 

Via Granforte, 94013 Leonforte (EN)

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! It was fed by the waters of Mount Tavi, and was designed to celebrate the myth of the river god Crysa. It was made by Prince Branciforte looking to achieve something similar to Pope Paolo V in Rome. In Baroque style it is characterized by a remarkable architectural balance: a triumphal arch placed on an artificial rock from which the water comes out of the mouth of the lioness; pouring into a polygonal tub with white-blue majolica tiles. One of the two side niches contains a marble sculpture (Artemis goddess of the hunt or harvest goddess Demeter); the other, now empty was home to a nude figure of a river god, here renamed “U Santu misiru” probably the god Crysa. Today the statue has been taken to the council chamber in the Town Hall.     Via Granforte, 94013 Leonforte (EN)  

 

 

 

 


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