Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Fountain Worthy of Visiting

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 well-known marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not often visited. s-361__18228.jpg 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. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed 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. The job of laying down the church’s first stones began on August 17, 1717. 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 consecration of the first rock.

Roman Wall Fountains: Michelangelo’s Works of Art

Two Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati created the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The earliest fountain Michelangelo made came in 1536 with the building of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to make part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. Constructed some years later, a conduit from the Aqua Felice was added which carried water into the Capitol permitting a greater water display. Michelangelo, however, had predicted this which led to choice of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known artist the inventor of the wall fountain? The fountain types seen in Italy undeniably show the influence of his designs. The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further illustrations of this type of structure.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s destiny to combine classic Roman elements into his fountains instead of using his own remarkable talents to design original pieces. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain constructed at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and commissioned the Florentine artist to design a special wall fountain. A marble statue of Moses striking a stone streaming water was to be built as decoration for the fountain. Rather than creating the Moses statue, which would take too much time to complete, an antique figure of Cleopatra was used in its place, however. It was thought easier to use a classical sculpture above the fountain rather than have the illustrious artist design a totally new figure.

Explore the World’s Most Impressive Water Features

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Reaching water heights 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.

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list.

With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the United States.

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

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of propelling water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs and propels 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.

Propelling water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

And at number 8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).


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