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Via Claudio Monteverdi, 15
Post code I-95131 Catania Sicily Italy
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The Fountain of the Elephant is the most important fountain in Catania; it is in the middle of Piazza Duomo. It was raised by Vaccarini who, in 1736, wanted to create a monument that could have represented the historical memory of Catania. The images representings the rivers Simeto and Amenamo in the base, the elephantn in lavic  stone in the middle, above the Egyptian obelisk and, as a logical conclusion, the memory of the sacrifice of the virgin and martyr Agatha.The elephant was often represented in the allegorical images of the seventeenth century. It symbolized the temperance.

The name Liotru, attributed to the elephant of Catania, derives from the name of a very cultured Catanese. Eliodoro, who lived in the Byzantine period. The word Liotru even today is used to define the enigmatic animal placed by Vaccarini in the middle of the fountain of Piazza Duomo.

 

 
 
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