A Genuine Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is largely for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained mostly obscure. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and neglected part of the city. s-336__13482.jpg It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to build a fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the job to lay down the foundation of the church. Medals bearing 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 in the foundation following the blessing of the first stone.

Improve Your Yard with the Aid of Feng Shui

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your residence.

Do not be concerned if your garden is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. If you have a lavish, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

Feng shui techniques are the same whether you are working in your garden or your residence. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your house's bagua, so it is important to determine your home’s first.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by knowing how to strengthen each of its five elements.

The Earth element, for example, should be integrated in the northeast section of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Think about incorporating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Choose from all Kinds of Exterior Water Features

Have you ever thought about converting your garden into an oasis of tranquility? You can benefit from a water feature by adding an outdoor fountain to your backyard and creating a place of tranquility.

The magnificence of a spouting fountain can be observed when it sends a stream of shooting water into the air.

Large, existing ponds can have one of these built-in without much difficulty. Esplanades and historical mansions often have one these water features.

Choose a fashionable wall fountain to put outdoors. Even with a small yard, it is feasible to put in one of these water features. Spouting fountains usually make quite an impact whereas wall features are more of an understated kind of water feature. In this simple process. the water which is pushed out of a small opening, streams down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the bottom before being pushed back to the top.

Installing a fountain with a motif depends completely on the layout of your garden. Consider a classic type of statue, such as a cherub supporting a spout, for the fountain if your residence or garden is rustic in style. Consider installing something bolder and distinctive for a modern-day garden. Just let your creativity to run loose.

Water flows down multiple levels in a tiered fountain. Due to the water running down its multiple levels, these are also called cascading fountains.

The space necessary for an outdoor fountain can be considerable, therefore, a better alternative is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. The reservoirs needed for these types of fountains are concealed underground which helps you better use your limited space.

Japanese fountains are thought to lend a feeling of tranquility and wellness. The water passes through bamboo sticks in this type of water feature. A rustic bucket or shaped stone is situated at the bottom of this feature to collect the flowing water only to have the cycle repeated over and over again.

One of the many styles of fountain available is the glass fountain. A more traditional look is provided by trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. However, this style of water feature is better suited to backyard gardens with many sharp corners as well as contemporary forms and design. A wondrous effect is produced when water runs down the sheets of glass. Colorful LED lights are also included in some fountains to illuminate the water as it progresses down the sheet of glass. A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) showcases water slowly flowing down its façade.

Bubbling rock fountains are large rocks drilled with holes which are then filled with tubes in the middle. In this sort of fountain, water is forced upwards at low pressure to cause it to bubble and gurgle at the top. Flowing towards the bottom of the fountain, the water returns as a slow dribble down the sides of the rock. This sort of fountain is ideally suited for little gardens. Water is moved at low pressure in this type of fountain, so you can rest assured that it will not spray all over should the wind pick up.

Solar driven fountains have become more fashionable recently because they run on sunlight. The reasons for this are diverse, from the lack of wires and the reduced complexities to the lower power bills and the beneficial impact on our environment. The numerous designs in outdoor solar-powered fountains signifies you will not have to compromise on style.


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