An Absolute Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have stumbled upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture found at the entrance of the nearby basilica. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. p-749__14336.jpg It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area because it was abject and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. 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 work of laying down the church’s foundation began on August 17, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medals bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also tossed in.

Wind Bells and Wind Chimes: Perfect for the Patio

In order to dodge possible friction in design styles, pick wind chimes which are basic in appearance. This way they will blend in perfectly wherever they are installed. When it comes to wind chimes, the sound is more important than the look. Often times, the more complex styles of wind chimes are not created to create a clean sound quality, whereas those made of simple aluminum can deliver this flawless sound. Installing your chimes at various heights is important when creating your very own wind chime garden. For example, place a set of wind chimes up on a deck, one in a smaller tree line and another among your flowers. The blowing breeze will produce a sound that will emanate around your entire yard. If the look of the wind chimes is important to you, consider hanging them in your eyeline where they will reflect the sun at sunrise and sundown.

Wind chime gardens made of aluminum match well with stone decor, cascading water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

The Prevalence of Water Fountains in Japanese Backyards

No Japanese garden is whole without a water element. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. Since water is the most essential element of any Japanese fountain, the design is generally simple.

Moreover, water fountains with built-in bamboo spouts are very common. Underneath the bamboo spout is typically a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. Even when new, it should be crafted to look as if it has been outdoors for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a pretty add-on.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Wherever there is enough open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Lots of people put in a koi pond or a little stream as a final touch.

Water, though, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. The semblance of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.


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