Fountain of the Sea Horses, Tripoli, Libya

The Italian Fountain, a gift from Mussolini’s Italy in 1926 to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of America, is made of more than 40 tons of travertine a kind of limestone in about 65 pieces. The four horses weigh about 5,000 lbs each, and the four sections of the shallow bowl clock in at about 4,000 lbs each.

There are 36 coping stones that form the fountain’s basin – each with slightly different dimensions, with dedications carved in Italian and English. Despite its beauty and craftsmanship, the fountain had seen better days.

Epic Libya Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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