Garden Water Features Found in Historical Documents

The water from rivers and other sources was initially supplied to the citizens of nearby towns and cities by way of water fountains, whose purpose was mainly practical, not aesthetic. Gravity was the power supply of water fountains up until the conclusion of the 19th century, using the potent power of water traveling downhill from a spring or brook to squeeze the water through valves or other outlets. 6078-9701__25541.jpg Fountains all through history have been created as memorials, impressing hometown citizens and tourists alike. Crude in style, the first water fountains didn't look much like contemporary fountains. Simple stone basins sculpted from nearby material were the original fountains, used for spiritual functions and drinking water. The initial stone basins are suspected to be from around 2000 B.C.. Gravity was the energy source that operated the earliest water fountains. These original water fountains were designed to be functional, commonly situated along aqueducts, streams and rivers to provide drinking water. The Romans began creating ornate fountains in 6 B.C., most of which were bronze or stone masks of animals and mythological characters. The people of Rome had an intricate system of aqueducts that supplied the water for the numerous fountains that were located throughout the community.

A Genuine Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of pagan and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was created in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area, as it was bleak and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to design a water fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the job to put down the foundation of the church. Medallions bearing the imagery of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the blessing of the first rock.

Ideas for Your Ideal Spot Inside or Outdoors

Including a feng shui fountain in your living area is certain to contribute to creating an atmosphere of harmony and serenity. Putting in a garden or home waterfall is an easy means to make this happen. It will certainly contribute a lot to the interior and exterior of your residence. Be sure to place your outdoor fountain so that it is able to be seen from inside in order to get the most out of it.

Make sure to include some attractive flowers and plants, as they complement any water fountain. Look for plant types that thrive year-round. Your fountain can be made even more individualized by adding items like statues or other artwork, picturesque shells, etc.


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