As I told you in an old February post, the Four Continents Fountain in Piazza Unità has, in the past, been a victim of acts of vandalism. The four statues depicting the four continents (Australia is missing because it had not yet been discovered when the fountain was built) had had their hands chopped off and one had even been decapitated.
They have since been restored, based on old photographs preserved in the Civic Museum of History and Science.
And so finally the missing pieces are in place. Here we begin with the head of Africa. Over the next few days, I'll be posting the new hands.
A detail of the fountain in Piazza Vittorio Veneto: a Nereid carrying a shell.
The Nereides (or Nereids) were fifty Haliad Nymphs or goddesses of the sea. They were the patrons of sailors and fishermen, who came to the aid of men in distress, and goddesses who had in their care the sea's rich bounty. Individually they also represented various facets of the sea, from salty brine, to foam, sand, rocky shores, waves and currents, in addition to the various skills possessed by seamen. The Nereides lived with their elderly father Nereus in a silvery cavern at the bottom of the Aegean Sea. The Nereid Thetis was their unofficial leader, and Amphitrite was the queen of the sea. Together with the Tritones they formed the retinue of Poseidon.(source)
But in among all the abandoned sites (see two previous posts) there is still one corner that's alive and kicking in this part of the Old Port - the Railway workers' seaside resort. The rusty old bridge that crosses the railway tracks takes you to a bathing resort with a bar, showers, bathrooms, changing rooms and a solarium. All very spartan and decadent, just how the Triestines like it.