Explore the World’s Most Incredible Water Displays

ft-307__52628.jpg Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Reaching water levels of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the second highest worldwide.

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which reaches third place. It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

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

And finally comes the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

The First Outdoor Water Fountains recorded in Human History.

As originally conceived, water fountains were crafted to be practical, guiding water from streams or reservoirs to the citizens of cities and settlements, where the water could be utilized for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. A source of water higher in elevation than the fountain was needed to pressurize the flow and send water spraying from the fountain's spout, a technology without equal until the later part of the nineteenth century. Fountains all through history have been designed as monuments, impressing local citizens and travelers alike. Simple in style, the very first water fountains didn't appear much like present fountains. The very first recognized water fountain was a rock basin carved that was used as a receptacle for drinking water and ceremonial purposes. Natural stone basins as fountains have been discovered from 2,000 B.C.. The earliest civilizations that utilized fountains depended on gravity to drive water through spigots. These original water fountains were designed to be functional, commonly situated along reservoirs, creeks and rivers to provide drinking water. The people of Rome began constructing ornate fountains in 6 B.C., most of which were metallic or natural stone masks of wildlife and mythological characters. Water for the community fountains of Rome arrived to the city via a complicated system of water aqueducts.

The Spectacular Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Located in the portico of the nearby basilica one can see the celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was built in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. The part of town where it was located was forlorn and bleak which generally kept people away. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the work to put down the foundation of the church. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.


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