Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worth Experiencing

Remarkable discoveries of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. aq_78016_1__34021.jpg The nearby basilica is mainly renowned for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not often visited. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area, as it was abject and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The task of laying down the church’s foundation started on August 17, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medallions 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.

Visit the World’s Biggest Water Fountains

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain worldwide. It spouts out 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 jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. This fountain is regarded as the tallest in the U.S. with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

Next is the fountain located 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 pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are functioning.

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at number 7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

Choosing Chimes for Your Backyard

In order to escape possible friction in design styles, choose wind chimes which are basic in appearance. This way they will mix in perfectly wherever they are placed. When choosing wind chimes, remember that their sound is vastly more important than their appearance. Often times, the more complex types of wind chimes are not created to create a clean sound quality, while those made of simple aluminum can create this flawless sound. When designing your wind chime garden, think about hanging them at various heights. Wind chimes, for instance, can be set up in a range of places including a sundeck, in a small line of trees, as well as amid flowers. The blowing breeze will produce a sound that will emanate around your entire backyard. If you want to enjoy the aesthetic facet of wind chimes, make sure they are in line of vision by positioning them where they will reflect the sunlight at sunrise and at sunset. Wind chime gardens made of aluminum fit well with stone decor, cascading water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.


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