Chafariz da Rua das Taipas
|Fountain of Rua das Taipas (Chafariz da Rua das Taipas)|
|Official name: Chafariz da Rua das Taipas|
|Named for: Taipa: a wall made of thin and narrow wooden grating, whose spans are filled with mortar|
|Location||Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória|
|Easiest access||Vitória, Rua das Virtudes; Rua das Taipas|
|Management||Instituto Gestão do Patrimonio Arquitectónico e Arqueológico|
|Operator||Câmara Municipal de Porto|
|Status||Property of Public Interest
Imóvel de Interesse Público
|Listing||Decree 28/536, Diário do Governo, Série 1, 66 (22 March 1938); Included in the Historic Centre of the City of Porto(PT011312140163) and Historical Zone of the City of Porto (PT011312070086)|
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The Fountain of Rua das Taipas (Portuguese: Chafariz da Rua das Taipas) is a fountain in the civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the municipality of Porto.
In 1772, the residents along the Largo do Postigo das Virtudes presented to the municipal council a request to construct a fountain.
Although there is no indication when the fountain was constructed or completed, by the end of the 18th century, there was already a need to substitute the pre-existing fountain by another.
The fountain is flanked by buildings along the Rua das Virtudes with the historic centre of Porto.
The granite fountain is part of a pyramidal obelisk decorated with a sphere recessed within a deep niche of rounded portico, flanked by pilasters. At the base of the obelisk is a tank and over that a semi-circular dish. On each of these elements (the obelisk and the semi-circular dish) are water spouts. The portico served as a shelter as much as a source of water. Over the entablature is a central column with plinth, surmounted by pinnacle. Much of the fountain is decorated with vegetal elements, but also includes a mirror-like circular element on the obelisk.
- Sereno, Isabel (1994). SIPA, ed. "Fonte da Rua das Taipas (IPA.00000502/PT011312150026)" (in Portuguese). Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA–Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico Classificado (in Portuguese), II, Lisbon, Portugal: IPPAR, 1993
- Porto a Património Mundial (in Portuguese), Porto, Portugal, 1993
- Silva, Germano da (2000), Fontes e Chafarizes do Porto (in Portuguese), Porto, Portugal
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