The Globe's Biggest Water Fountains

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. a-425__27947.jpg The water here jets up to a elevation of 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 2nd highest worldwide.

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which reaches third place. Regarded as the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes the list.

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 next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets 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).

Water Features: The Minoan Culture

Fountains and Water and the Minoan Civilization These were used to furnish cities with water as well as to alleviate flooding and remove waste. They were commonly created from terracotta or stone. There were terracotta conduits, both round and rectangular as well as waterways made from the same materials. These incorporated cone-like and U-shaped clay piping which were exclusive to the Minoans. Terracotta pipes were installed below the floors at Knossos Palace and used to move water. The pipes also had other applications such as amassing water and directing it to a central site for storage. In order to make this conceivable, the pipelines had to be created to handle: Underground Water Transportation: This particular system’s unseen nature might suggest that it was originally planned for some kind of ritual or to allocate water to limited groups. Quality Water Transportation: There is also proof which indicates the pipes being made use of to supply water fountains separately of the local system.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worth Experiencing

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 nearby basilica is largely famous for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not often visited. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and desolate part of the city. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI commissioned the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The job of laying down the church’s first stones started on August 17, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medallions 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 tossed in.


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