The Globe's Biggest Water Showpieces

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain in the world. It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea. a-421__69339.jpg

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in second with water levels of 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. This fountain is regarded as the tallest in the U.S. with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water shoots 190 meters (620 feet) high.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

Last of all is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

The Extraordinary Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of pagan and Christian relics on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome.

The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a recognized marble sculpture situated in the portico of the nearby basilica. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. The part of town where it was located was depressing and uninviting which was enough to keep visitors away. As part of a project to revitalize the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. Work on the church's foundation started on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medals bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also thrown in.

Exterior Water Features Come in Lots of Shapes and Sizes

Have you ever thought about turning your garden into a haven of tranquility? Add a sense of tranquility to your garden with an exterior fountain and profit from all the positive benefits of a water feature.

A dramatic impact is made when a spouting fountain sends a shooting stream of water high into the air. Large, existing ponds can have one of these incorporated without much hassle. Parks and traditional stately homes often have one these water features.

One of the myriad examples of an outdoor water feature is a chic wall fountain. Even with a smallish backyard, it is possible to put in one of these water features. Spouting fountains usually make quite an impact whereas wall features are more of a subtle type of water feature. In a very straightforward procedure, the water spills out of a spout, trickles down a magnificently textured wall only to be pumped back to the top.

Your garden’s style dictates whether a themed fountain is best for you. If your bungalow or garden is styled in a rustic manner, you should think about adding a traditional type of statue, such as a seraph holding the spout, to your fountain. Modern gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more audacious. Let your creativity run free to select the best option.

The main attribute of a multi-tiered fountain is that water streams from a variety of different levels. Water streaming down multiple levels of this water feature is the primary characteristic of a cascading fountain.

Since outdoor fountains require a great deal of space, think about putting in a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. The reservoirs necessary for these types of fountains are buried underground which helps you better use your limited space.

Add a Japanese fountain if you are looking for a feeling of tranquility. In this model of water feature the water passes through bamboo sticks. The repetition of water flowing into a bucket or shaped stone is one of the main attributes of this sort of fountain.

Glass fountains make up an additional category of fountain. Featuring shaped metalwork, trellis-style fountains of this kind have a more traditional aspect. Water features of this kind are a perfect option for gardens with many sharp edges along with contemporary forms and design. The flowing water creates a beautiful effect as it moves down the glass panels. Some fountains also include colored LED lights to shine onto the sheets of glass as water flows downwards. A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) shows off water slowly flowing down its façade.

In a bubbling rock fountain, a big rock is drilled with holes and then filled in the center with pipes. In this kind of fountain, water is forced upwards at low pressure to cause it to bubble and gurgle at the top. Flowing towards the base of the fountain, the water comes back as a slow drizzle down the sides of the rock. This is yet another option for gardens with limited space. To guarantee that water is not sprayed around if it starts to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best choice since it only uses low pressure to move water.

The trend of setting up solar powered fountains is becoming increasingly prevalent. There are numerous reasons for this newly found interest such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a reduction in electricity bills, and the benefits to the environment. Outdoor solar-powered fountains are available in myriad different styles, therefore, you will not have to compromise on which one to buy.


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