Objective: to restore and open the Fountain by June 2016!
Since 10 years we study and restore fountains and the Tabernacles and other cultural heritage and landscape in Italy with the belief that awareness, engage and work for their protection leads to conservation of their beauty. Because you should never say "it's too late". Because you can always write another happy recovery chapter of our cultural heritage.
We intend to use the collect entirely to the restoration (see details), the goal is fixed at 9,000 euro about a half of the amount needed for interventions forseen in the project. Support us, with your help, the fountain will sure rise again! Join this fundrising
The fountain of San Martino was committed by Ferdinand III Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and was inaugurate in the year 1817. Situated just south of Castelfiorentino, from the beginning was one of the most important infrastructures for travelers coming from or going to Rome. Just north of Castelfiorentino it existed a fountain very similar to this (now lost) situated a few dozen meters from a staging post for changing horses and accommodation of travelers. The fountain in ancien regime was a public work of primary importance and as such had its own epigraph in plate that celebrated the sovereign who wanted her: the Grand Duke in his political impetus to develop the trade and industry of his realm, in the heydays of the Restoration.
Celebrating epigraph of the fountain anno 1817 (transcription published in 1918)
The fountain was undergone by frequent maintenance activity until the raise of the Italian Kingdom. This cares were performed to undermine the productive capabilities of the fountain. The water of the fountain, was reputed as very light and of high drink quality, very suitable for men and animal use as well, as being the only really source of drinking water for the whole castle and village of Castelfiorentino. Was always used for suppling all the crews and animals in transit on the old via Romana and via Volterrana. With the advent of a modern public aqueduct at the beginning of the twentieth century the fountain underwent a slow but inexorable decline, so much so that until about 20 years ago, the fountain was a place abandoned and overgrown by wild vegetation and rubbish of all kinds.
A picture of the fountain dated anno 1933
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Since 2007 the association Eta Beta Onlus took care of the maintenance of the site, and was able to produce a project of restoration and, according to the municipality, had initiated the restoration of the fountain itself and of the surrounding area.
Permission of restoration from the Cultural Heritage Office of the State based in Florence
In 2008 was decided to rebuild the front pavement of the fountain, which probably did not receive care from the second half of the nineteenth century (!)
A work team in action to restore the front pavement of the fountain (2008-2009)
In 2009 it took place the cleanup of the central body of the fountain and the rebuilding of four washing floors. The whole structure was affected by a main biological and chemical attack of biological and chemical pollutants attack which not only endanger the materials of the fountain, but significantly changed the color effect of the monument.
A restorer cleans the central wing of the fountain from Algae and pollution dirtiness
Washing floors were restored in 2009
In 2010 our attention moved ito the floor of the main basin of the fountain that had been demolished in the last years of the twentieth century due to the negligence of the company in charge of the work. Followed uninterruptedly maintenance activities ordinary which allowed to stabilize the conditions of the artifact waiting for its final restoration.
The project has received support and awards from IBO, SCI and of the Earthwatch Instutute of Boston (Mass.) U.S.A.
A fragment of the inner flowr of the fountain main basin keep form under her hands
The restoration was blocked by the lack of expensive stone materials as columns, riliefs and expecial bricks and decorations no more in production, added to logistic difficulties encountered in the past to bring water from the spring back to its fountain: we needed to rebuild a hundred fifty meters circa of acqueduct.
Hence the need to raise funds to complete this important restoration.
Italian restoration team in julliet 2015
Photo of some members of our association. Betty kept here the picture!
A campaign to safeguard is primarily a social event: many people with various abilities are involved for a common goal (restoration, census, maintenance, fundraising or awareness, or all or some of these actions). To the date of today many italian people have participated in the campaigns neverthless French citizens, Belgians, British, Dutch, American, Spanish, Australians, Germans, Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Russians, Irish, Slovenians, Croats, and Turks.
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