A Fountain in the Piazza!

Old photograph showing a fountain in the Piazza San Marco, Venice
I love looking at old photographs of Venice and the other day I was very surprised to find one showing a fountain in the Piazza San Marco

It turns out that the fountain (albeit a temporary structure) was constructed on the 23rd of June 1884 to mark the opening of the aqueduct. 

The arrival of piped freshwater from the mainland finally brought an end to the city's reliance on collecting rainwater.