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At the Piazza Navona, there is the famous battle between the two grand masters Bernini and Borromini. Bernini designed the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in the middle of the square, with four sculptures that depict the rivers Nile, Danube, Ganges and Río de la Plata. Of the four sculptures, three look away from Borromini's Sant' Agnese in Agone church. The fourth, the Río de la Plata sculpture, does look at te church but puts his hand in front of it. Either because it is too ugly to look at, or because he fears that it will fall on top of him. Well, that's the popular analysis of the situation anyway. The timelines, however, tell us that the sculpture (unveiled on 12 June 1651) was there before the church, for which the construction began in 1652.

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