Can the fountain make wishes come true? Probably not, but there are fountains that help the poor. Among the most famous fountains in the world is the Trevi Fountain, located in Rome. While an ordinary fountain throws a maximum of dozens of coins a year, this fountain throws coins with a total value of more than 1 million euros every year. This money goes to help the poor. They buy food, clothes and provide accommodation for the poor.
A fountain that really helps
This fountain is so beautiful that people from all over the world travel to Rome to admire it. Built in the 1830s by Nicola Salvi, it depicts the taming of the waters. It was completed in 1762 and most tourists don’t want to miss it. What does the Trevi Fountain actually represent? On it is the sea god Oceanus, who is pulled by a shell chariot of seahorses, around which lie shells, corals, fish and other sea things.
It is located in the small Piazza di Trevi. There is a tradition that says that if a tourist stands with his back to the fountain and throws a coin over his left shoulder with his right hand, he will return to this city again. This tradition did not originate in ancient times. The tradition was born from the 1954 film Three Coins in the Fountain about three American women living in Rome who wish upon the Trevi for love in the city.
Every year, over 1 million euros are collected here, which goes to a charity organization that finances soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other projects with this money. Below you can see a clip from the movie from which the said tradition originates.
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