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Canopus. Villa Adriana. Tivoli.

Villa Adriana a Tivoli è riconosciuta patrimonio dell'UNESCO dal 1999.


The Canopus - this was located in a small valley and inspired by the Egyptian Canopo, the navigable canal that joined Alexandria in Egypt to the ancient city of Canopo about 20 km away. Hadrian, did not just want this “reproduction” to recall political or military glories. It was dedicated more to the place where Antonio, his favourite companion, drowned (perhaps intentionally).

Apart from the elongated shape of the lake, the Tiburtine Canopus was very different from the Egyptian original at least according to a description given by the geographer Strabo during the times of the Emperor Augustus. At the end of the “canal” lay a splendid semi-circular nymphaeum covered by a white mosaic, crescent-shaped, segmented dome. The walls were lined with recesses for statues and water flowed down the steps to be channelled to an outside reservoir.

A large number of sculptures and statues were uncovered during archaeological digs during the 50’s and most of them are now on display at the Vatican and Capitolino Museums in Rome.


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Uploaded on February 16, 2008