Visit the World’s Most Incredible Fountains

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the leading continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water here shoots up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea. su9205_2__94732.jpg

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).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is number three on the list. Considered the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water jets 190 meters (620 feet) high.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can reach 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 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).

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

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

A True Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of pagan and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a famed marble sculpture located in the portico of the nearby basilica. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. Since the nearby area was gloomy and mostly abandoned, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. 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 put up a fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the start 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 showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Ancient Crete & The Minoans: Garden Fountains

During archaeological excavations on the island of Crete, various varieties of conduits have been uncovered. They were used for water supply as well as removal of storm water and wastewater. Rock and clay were the materials of choice for these channels. Terracotta was selected for waterways and conduits, both rectangle-shaped and round. There are a couple of good examples of Minoan terracotta pipes, those with a shortened cone shape and a U-shape which haven’t been observed in any society since. Terracotta piping were employed to administer water at Knossos Palace, running up to three meters below the floor surfaces. The piping also had other applications including collecting water and channeling it to a primary site for storage. Thus, these pipelines had to be ready to: Subterranean Water Transportation: It is not really known why the Minoans needed to move water without it being seen. Quality Water Transportation: Some historians consider that these pipelines were used to develop a different distribution process for the palace.


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