Although fountains are basically seen as additional decorations to a home’s lawn, there are a number of them that have become quite awesome pieces of architecture, they need to go down into history as such. Below are just ten of these amazing fountains that you can find across the globe:
Suntec’s Fountain of Wealth, The Largest Fountain in the World
Made of bronze, the fountain has a circle on its center, which is 66 meters in circumference, and held aloft by four huge slanting columns. The entire structure has a height of 45.2 feet and occupies 5521 feet of space. The water from the fountain shoots up to as high as 30 meters.
Las Vegas’ Bellagio Fountains, Choreographed Water Displays
Set on a nine-acre man-made lake at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Bellagio Fountains have choreographed performances complete with music and lights. These can be seen from different vantage points on Las Vegas’ The Strip, both from neighboring structures and from the street.
Taking place every 30 minutes during afternoons and early evenings as well as every 15 minutes starting 8PM up until midnight, the fountains’ water shows are choreographed to different types of music with the most current ones including Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On”, Frank Sinatra‘s “Fly Me to the Moon”, and Sarah Brightman‘s and Andrea Bocelli‘s “Time to Say Goodbye”.
Barcelona’s Magic Fountain of Montjuic, An Amazing Display of Motion, Colors, and Light
Located between the National Palau and Placa d’Espanya in Barcelona, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic features an amazing display of motion, colors, lights, and music through its water acrobatics shows. Attracting tourists by the thousands every night, the fountain was built in 1929 by designed Carles Buigas for the Great Universal Exhibition. With more than 3,000 laborers working on the project, it was done in less than a year.
Tivoli’s Oval Fountain, UNESCO World Heritage
Also known as the Fontana di Tivoli, the Fontana dell’Ovato or the Oval Fountain can be found at Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy. Designed by Pirro Ligorio, the fountain comes with an egg-shaped basin, from where water cascades into a pool below that is set against a rustic-looking nymphaeum. In 2001, the villa where the water structure is located was named a UNESCO world heritage site.
Abu Dhabi’s Volcano Fountain, A Landmark Lost Forever
In 2004, the Volcano Fountain, which was considered as one of the most spectacular fountains in the world and landmark of Abu Dhabi, was destroyed to make way for a new development in the neighborhood. Built to look like a circular pyramid, the fountain was 80 feet high and featured flights of steps from all its four sides that go up to six platforms until it reaches the fountain right at the very top. During evenings, the fountain featured a colorful display of lights as the water cascades down into its basin.
Xian’s Big Wild Goose Pagoda Fountains, Surrounding Emperor Gaozong’s Pagoda
Added to the World Heritage List in June 2014, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda was developed in 652 during the Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty’s reign. A sacred place for Buddhists that has been preserved quite well, the pagoda can be found in a southern suburb in Xian City, China and is surrounded by what is known as Asia’s biggest musical fountain with a light belt that is the longest in the world.
Moscow’s People’s Friendship Fountain, A Gilded Fountain in the USSR
Moscow’s People Friendship Fountain, which is also known as the Friendship of Nations comes with 16 gilded maiden statues garbed in national costumes of all Soviet Union Republics. It is framed by a red granite octahedral bowl that encompasses an area of 4,000 square meters. The fountain has a complicated system made up of 8 pumps, which shoot 1,200 liters of water per second from its 800 jets to as high as 24 meters.
Saint Petersburg’s Peterhof Fountains, The Russian Versailles’ Grand Cascade
A massively opulent Imperial estate that has been preserved quite beautifully, Peterhof was founded by Peter the Great in 1710, right on the shore of the Baltic Sea or the Gulf of Finland. It is comprised of several elegant palaces, a splendid array of fountains and statues as well as a number of majestically landscaped parks, thus earning the name, “The Russian Versailles”.
Its fountains, which is known as the Grand Cascade is one of the world’s biggest fountain ensembles. Flowing from beneath the estate towards the Baltic Sea, the structure’s biggest fountain, which is decorated with an impressive golden statue of Samson fighting with a lion, has a channel that goes through the park and right into the pier, where the boats and hydrofoils from St. Petersburg are docked.
Jeddah’s King Fahd’s Fountain, The Highest in the World
The King Fahd’s Fountain can be found in Jeddah City of Saudi Arabia. It is popular for being the world’s tallest fountain, spewing up water to a height of up to 1,023 feet. This is practically taller than the Eiffel Tower, excluding the antenna. It has 3 huge pumps that can send up 625 liters of water every second at an exhilarating speed of 233 miles per hour.
Rome’s Trevi Fountain, The Most Famous in the World
The Fontana di Trevi or the Trevi Fountain is 65 feet wide and 85 feet tall. It is home to one of the most beautiful sculptures in Italy, which features Oceanus or Neptune amidst two Tritons, with one blowing on a shell-horn, which symbolizes the quiet seas, and the other attempting to tame a fierce horse, which symbolizes the rough seas. The structure was commissioned to be made in 1732 by Clemens XII. However, it was until thirty years later when it was christened by his predecessor Clemens XIII.
The Trevi became popular when it was featured in La Dolce Vita, a Fellini film that had Anita Ekberg taking a late-night bath right in the fountain. It also comes with a legend that says if you are just a visitor and you throw a coin into the fountain, you will definitely come back to Rome.
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