Palazzo del Manifattura di tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing Building) & Fountain at Piazza Mastai

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Palazzo del Manifattura di tabacchi, Piazza Mastai

This Palazzo del Monopolio dei Tabacchi/ Manifattura dei Tabacchi/ Fabbrica dei Tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing Building/ Tobacco Monopoly/ Tobacco factory building) at Piazza Mastai was built on the site of little constructions and pieces of land belonging to the Hospice of S.Maria dell'Orto, in 1863 by the architect A.Sarti. The pope governing in that epoch, Pius IX Mastai, worked a lot for the popular and industrial constructions of Rome, and the arrangement of the square in-front of the Tobacco factory is a fruit of his projects. The square was named after him: Piazza Mastai. The fountain in the middle of it was created by an architect Andrea Busiri Vici.

Palazzo del Monopolio dei Tabacchi/ Manifattura dei Tabacchi/ Fabbrica dei Tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing Building) at Piazza Mastai
This big Fabbrica dei Tabacchi reminds about the fortune of tobacco in Rome since 1565 when it was imported by cardinal Prospero Santacroce from Portugal.

The main entrance is quite low in comparison with the stateliness of the building, and when Pius IX visited the factory in 1869 ironized about reduced dimensions of the main entrance: "Now that I entered through the window, show me the door!".
Palazzo del Manifattura di tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing Building) & Fountain at Piazza Mastai
At present it is a general direction of Tobacco industry.

Mastai Square Fountain/ Fountain of Tobacco Manufacturing Building (Fontana di piazza Mastai/ Fontana della Manifattura Tabacchi/ Fontana di Pio IX a Piazza Mastai)

Fountain of Tobacco Manufacturing Building (Fontana di piazza Mastai, Trastevere, rome
The fountain designed and built in 1865 by Andrea Busiri Vici, who is responsible for the entire arrangement of the large semicircular square opened by Pious the Ninth Mastai Ferretti (1846-1878) in front of the Manifattura di tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing) building, a monopoly that gave the State of the Church large financial resources.The fountain was fed by the water from the “fontanone del Gianicolo”. It consists of an elevated octagonal pool, from the centre of which rise two basins one on top of the other, the lower one supported by four dauphins with the tails intertwined and the upper one by four putti with a mermaid’s tail.

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Palazzo del Manifattura di tabacchi (Tobacco Manufacturing Building) & Fountain at Piazza Mastai
Piazza Mastai
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
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