Mermaids fountain, Antigua GuatemalaBack
Antigua´s architecture was originally inspired from the architecture in Seville, Spain. In this type of architecture, fountains are a key component. While you visit the Central Park of Antigua Guatemala, you´ll notice a fountain with beautiful mermaids. This fountain was inspired by Neptune Fountain located in Bologna, Italy and was built by Diego de Porres in 1738.
According to historical documents, Diego de Porres was inspired by Italian Renaissance books brought from Italy. He was particularly inspired by the Neptune Fountain built by Giovanni Bologna.
The original heads of the mermaids were destroyed over the centuries and the torsos ended up in the rubble of the Archbishop’s Palace. Discovered around 1944, they were used by Roberto González Goyri in his recreation of the fountain designing new heads.