Orione Fountain

This excellent monument is from the 16th century. It was built by the sculptor Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli (1507 – 1563), one of the most famous student of Michelangelo, to commemorate the construction of the first aqueduct of the city of Messina. When the fountain was complete, to make room for it, the ancient medieval church of San Lorenzo was demolished. The fountain is dedicated to Orion, the giant that according to tradition founded Messina.

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