As you enter the historic city of Dubrovnik from the Pile entrance the Great Onofrio Fountain will greet you. This impressive fountain is one of the iconic landmarks of the city and served an important role in the times of the Republic. The fountain was built in 1438 and brought water to the city from a series of springs 12 kilometres away. It was constructed between 1438 and 1440 and was designed by the Italian Onofrio della Cava. Today the Great Onofrio Fountain is still a meeting point and a source of refreshment for tourists and locals with the sixteen stone gargoyles constantly supplying a source of fresh, clean water. Read more on The Dubrovnik Times.