Experience the World’s Most Incredible Water Features

twf004__48973.jpg Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the leading continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Reaching water levels of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the 2nd highest worldwide.

Located next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). This fountain is regarded as the tallest in the United States with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

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

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can attain up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are running, even though it typically only reaches up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's highest building. 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.

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, completed in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Fountain Worth Experiencing

Amazing discoveries of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly unknown.

The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and bleak which generally kept visitors away. In order to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to create a water fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 marked the date when work on the church’s infrastructure commenced. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed 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 thrown in.

Choosing Wind Bells and Windchimes for Your Garden

Select wind chimes that are simple in design in order to prevent any disparity in decor designs. The main goal is for them to fit in easily anywhere they are placed. When choosing wind chimes, remember that their sound is vastly more important than their look. As a matter of fact, the more decorative kinds of wind chimes are not created so as to yield the same pristine audio quality as those composed of aluminum. When planning your wind chime garden, think about hanging them at various heights. For example, place a set of wind chimes up on a deck, one in a smaller tree line and another among your flowers. The sound will greatly resonate around your yard whenever the wind blows. If the aesthetic aspect to your wind chimes is important to you, be sure to display them in your line of vision. so you can delight in the reflection of the rising and setting of the sun. Aluminum wind chime gardens fit perfectly with rock settings, water features (such as a waterfall or a birdbath) and surrounding evergreens.


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