Impressive Water Fountains Across the World

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning 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 2nd highest worldwide.

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). p_695_art__26140.jpg With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this water fountain is the tallest in the United States.

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

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded music and shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, completed in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

A Genuine Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of pagan and Christian artifacts on the grounds of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. Since the nearby area was gloomy and mostly uninhabited, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. 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 create a water fountain for the area. The work of laying down the church’s foundation started on August 17, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated 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.

The Roman Water Fountains of Michelangelo

Two Florentine masters by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati created the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The first fountain Michelangelo created came in 1536 with the construction of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to make part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. The development of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more impressive water display, was included years later. Michelangelo, however, had predicted this which led to addition of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the famed sculptor was the first to design wall fountains. The fountain styles seen in Italy certainly show the influence of his designs.

Today, this structural style is found at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged among the stairs on the principal axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Sadly, Michelangelo was destined to put his own abilities aside and combine classical elements into fountains based on Roman styles. The Florentine master was instructed by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a distinctive fountain to be placed at the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican. The talented artist was asked to design a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water streamed forth. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this idea was turned down because it would take a lot of time to build and a traditional statue of Cleopatra was used instead. Producing a new design by the celebrated sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.


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