Tall Water Features Across the World

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain worldwide. The water reaches the fantastic height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

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

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. This fountain is considered the tallest in the United States with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet). ft-300__42275.jpg

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets 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 normally only hits up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. 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.

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

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worthy of Visiting

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come upon a wealth of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the famous marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was created in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. Due to the fact that the nearby area was depressing and mostly uninhabited, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. As part of a project to modernize 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. Work on the church's infrastructure commenced on on August 11, 1717. The consecration of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Fountains: A Must Have in any Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is whole without a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered symbolic of spiritual and physical cleansing, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is supposed to be the focal point of a fountain, you will notice that the designs are kept very straightforward.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts crafted of bamboo. The basin, which tends to be made of stones, receives the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout. It should have a worn-down, weathered feel as well. So that the fountain looks at one with nature, people normally adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. To the owner of the fountain, it clearly is more than just nice decoration.

If you are looking for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. In time, as moss slowly covers the rocks, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

Wherever there is plenty of open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling stream or tiny pool with koi in it.

However, water does not have to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. Other options include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of moving water.


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