A Short History of Garden Water Fountains

The water from springs and other sources was initially provided to the occupants of nearby communities and cities via water fountains, whose design was primarily practical, not aesthetic. To produce water flow through a fountain until the end of the 1800’s, and produce a jet of water, demanded gravity and a water source such as a creek or reservoir, located higher than the fountain. Inspiring and impressive, prominent water fountains have been constructed as monuments in nearly all societies. When you see a fountain nowadays, that is definitely not what the very first water fountains looked like. p-329__65090.jpg Designed for drinking water and ceremonial functions, the very first fountains were basic carved stone basins. Stone basins are theorized to have been first made use of around 2000 BC. The earliest civilizations that used fountains depended on gravity to force water through spigots. Located near aqueducts or creeks, the practical public water fountains provided the local citizens with fresh drinking water. Fountains with embellished Gods, mythological monsters, and creatures began to show up in Rome in about 6 B.C., made from natural stone and bronze. Water for the community fountains of Rome was brought to the city via a elaborate system of water aqueducts.

The Globe's Most Amazing Water Fountains

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water shooting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this water fountain is the tallest in the U.S..

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

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 was opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's highest building. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs 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.

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).

The Wonderful Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of pagan and Christian relics on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture found at the entrance of the nearby basilica. Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly unknown. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and neglected part of the city. As part of an effort to refurbish the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the job to put down the foundation of the church. The consecration of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.


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