The Wondrous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

50613cpbz__14233.jpg Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come upon an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained mostly obscure. Since the nearby area was depressing and mostly uninhabited, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to erect 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 started on August 17, 1717. The consecration of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

The Wide Range of Exterior Fountains

Is it possible for you to transform your garden into a haven of serenity? Add a sense of tranquility to your garden with an exterior fountain and avail yourself of all the positive effects of a water feature.

Sending a stream of water shooting into the air, spouting fountains create a striking impression. It is feasible to have one of these installed into an existing, ample pond. These sorts of fountains are often seen in parks or historical stately homes.

One of the many examples of an outdoor water feature is a chic wall fountain. Such water features make for a fantastic addition to your yard even if it is small. Wall fountains make a subtle impression, contrary to the big impact created by spouting fountains. In this straightforward process, water is ejected from a little spout, goes down a beautifully textured wall, before being recovered at the bottom and returned to the top once again.

Your garden’s style determines whether a themed fountain is right for you. A cherub holding a spout is one of the possible kinds of classical-styled statues you can use if you want your fountain to fit a rustically themed cottage or garden. On the other hand, a more contemporary garden can include more of a bold design. Just allow your imagination to run loose.

The main trait of a multi-tiered fountain is that water streams from a number of different levels. Water runs down multiple tiers in a cascading fountain.

Since outdoor fountains occupy a great deal of space, think about putting in a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. The reservoirs necessary for these kinds of fountains are concealed underground which helps you better use your limited space.

Serenity and well-being are a few of the chief sensations imparted by Japanese fountains. The water moves through bamboo sticks in this type of water feature. A rustic bucket or shaped stone is situated at the bottom of this feature to collect the flowing water only to have the cycle repeated over and over again.

Glass fountains make up an additional group of fountain. A more vintage look is provided by trellis-style fountains which showcase shaped metalwork. Water features of this kind are a perfect alternative for gardens with many sharp edges along with contemporary forms and design. As the water streams over the top of the glass it produces a dazzling impact. Some fountains also include colorful LED lights to shine onto the sheets of glass as water streams downwards. A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) showcases water gently flowing down its façade.

The attribute which distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its center. In this sort of fountain, water is pushed upwards at low pressure to cause it to bubble and gurgle at the top. The water comes back gently trickling down the sides of the rock to reach its starting point. This sort of fountain is ideally suitable for little gardens. Water is moved at low pressure in this kind of fountain, so you can be assured knowing that it will not spray all over should the wind pick up.

Solar powered fountains have become more popular recently because they run on sunlight. There are numerous reasons for this newly found interest such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a decrease in electricity bills, and the advantages to the environment. You will not have to concede on style since there is a wide range of designs to choose from in outdoor solar-powered fountains.

Visit the World’s Tallest Water Works

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

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).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

With water jetting 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes it on the list.

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 operating.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. The fountain shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

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

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


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