Friday Fountain Challenge: May

The Robba Fountain (Slovene: Robbov vodnjak), since the first half of the 20th century also known as the Fountain of the Three Carniolan Rivers (Vodnjak treh kranjskih rek), is the fountain that stands in front of Ljubljana Town Hall at Town Square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It was originally made in 1751 by the Italian sculptor Francesco Robba and is one of the city’s most recognisable symbols.


The fountain consists of three male figures with jugs, which came several years after the fountain’s creation to supposedly represent the gods of the three rivers of Carniola: the Ljubljanica, Sava and Krka, and later as well the three territorial units of Carniola: Upper Carniola, Lower Carniola, and Inner Carniola. Steps that lead up to the fountain represent the Carniolan mountains. The water pool has a shape of a shell. In the center of the fountain stands a 10-metre (33 ft) obelisk. The sculptural part of the fountain is made of the Carrara marble, the obelisk is made of the local Lesno Brdo marble and the pool is made of the local Podpeč limestone. Source: Wikipedia


if you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules. This month she is looking for fountains featuring people or animals. I’m sure she would love to see you.


21 Comments Add yours

  1. I loved that city and this is a beautifully photographed reminder. suddenly all the fountains here have sprung into action. Must’ve been a Mayday thing.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hope you will show us some of the Polish fountains, I imagine there will be some ornate ones 🙂

      1. Strange you should say that. I’ve been bumping into them everywhere, so I have something in mind.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not literally I hope… otherwise you’ll have bruises to match Jo’s!

  2. Arkenaten says:

    I’m stumped again for things to say,
    But your photo certainly brightened the day,

  3. Sue Slaght says:

    Yippee I have seen this one! I certainly didn’t know all of the history behind it though Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Nor me Sue, that’s what Wikipedia is for!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The closest god with the beard hiding his jowls made me laugh, but I appreciate the meaning behind this bold statement 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, a country that has been conquered many times.

  5. Dina says:

    This is a beautiful take on the challenge, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a lovely city Dina. Well worth a visit as is nearby Lake Bled.

  6. Another nice fountain, and great photos – it reminds me a bit of the Fountain of the Four Rivers which we saw in the Piazza Navona in Rome.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Obviously a theme about rivers!

  7. polianthus says:

    fountains and culture eh? never been to Slovenia, but did drink a very nice Slovenian Pinot Noir today, thats as close as I have made to Slovenia (very sadly I forgot to take notes on the producer…) it seems like i will need to visit one day..thanks for the educational post!

  8. Robyn Haynes says:

    Another interesting fountain.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are lots about, though saying that I haven’t photographed many recently.

  9. restlessjo says:

    Such a good looking city, Jude! Wish I’d gotten there in my ‘traveling days’. 🙂 🙂 You’re doing a grand job at trying to drum up trade for Poli. I’m a bit pig headed when it comes to posts these days. I only write what I want to write, so you can ramble in my direction or not. I will only sulk a modicum if you don’t. 😦

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have so many fountain photos that I have been meaning to post for ever, so Poli’s challenge works for me and as I don’t have to write much it suits. Photo posts are easier, but I need to reduce the amount of images I use! [As if that is ever going to happen…]

      1. restlessjo says:

        No-o-o!!!! Don’t do that 🙂

  10. joannesisco says:

    … “and just to make it a little grander, we’ll put an obelisk in the middle” 🙂

    I think the story behind the meaning of the fountain is just as interesting as the fountain itself.
    … and to think I always thought fountains were just pieces of flimsical art!

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