Right in the heart of the historical city center, where once the “Decumanus Maximus” used to cross the ancient Roman Bergamo, you can find the Sant’Agata Fountain and today the new Evelyne Aymon shop.
A suggestive place where the time stood still, where ruins of three different eras (Roman, Middle Age and Renaissance) live harmoniously together and where today you can find more than 1.500 headbands.
It is very hard to find Romans ruins in Bergamo, so that you can consider those in Evelyne Aymon shop more than unique and one of the most important recent archeological discoveries.
We are talking about a mosaic with trimming dating back to the first century A.C. with a surface of 2.30×2.40mt of black and white tiles.
Another era showing in Evelyne Aymon shop is the Middle Age, represented by the recovery of the ancient fountain of Sant’Agata dating back to the XII century.
The original structure has been covered for ages in a walled-up vault and only recently has been put back to the light.
The ancient proof on the fountain and the aquifer system of this area of the old Bergamo (Città Alta), have been driving the removal of the structure above the fountain, giving it back to light. During the work, a water basin and the remains of a settling tank appeared as well.
The Renaissance is represented by the vault covering the fountain and enriched with an ancient fresco portraying Christ inserted in a golden-yellow sun on a starry white space, dated back around the XV-XVI centuries. The IHS acronym refers to the name of Jesus (Iesous). However someone might consider it as the abbreviation of “In Hoc Signo (vinces)”: the roman motto from Costantino Age.
The trigram here represented was drown by Bernardino, considered since then the saint patron of advertisers. To every single element, Bernardino gave a specific meaning: the central sun is a clear allusion to Christ giving the life and reminds the idea of a radiant Charity The warmth of the sun is given by the rays: twelve winding, representing the Apostles and eight straight representing the blisses.
The band encircling the sun symbolize the endless happiness of the blessed, the pale blue of the surrounding depict the Faith. The gold, the love.
The mystic meaning of the winding rays was explicit in a litany: shelter for the penitent; standard for the warrior; cure for the ill; solace for the suffering; honor for the believer; joy of the preacher; credit of the working; help for the inadequate; breath of the meditator; suffrage for the prayer; enthusiasm of the admirer; glory of the triumphant.