Architectures don’t just give birth to houses, towers, and skyscrapers. It’s the hands of the most skilled architects that pave way to the most eye-opening fountains. Here are seven of the famous fountains around the world and what makes them more astounding than the rest.
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Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, Nevada
Set in the luxurious Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Fountain of Bellagio is one of the things guests look forward to. According to the hotel’s official Web site, the fountain is designed to romance your senses. The choreographically complex water feature adds to the ambitious and entertaining ambiance of the whole place.
Archibald Fountain, Sydney
Tagged as Sydney’s favorite fountain, the Archibald Fountain was erected in 1932 in Hyde Park North. It served as a gift to the City of Sydney as stated in the will of private citizen JF Archibald. In the fountain stands a bronze Apollo with mythical figures surrounding it.
Fountain of Wealth in Suntec City, Singapore
Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest fountain in the world in 1998, the Fountain of Wealth can be found in Suntec City, one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls. It becomes the setting for laser performances at night, as well as laser message dedications and live songs. It was constructed in 1995 and is made of silicon bronze.
Disney’s Fountain of Nations in Epcot
The Fountain of Nations is a large-scale dancing water fountain situated at the center spot in the Future World in Epcot. It performs every fifteen minutes with a list of selected tracks.
People’s Friendship Fountain, Moscow
The People’s Friendship Fountain also goes by the name Friendship of Nations, and in it you can see sixteen sculptures all wearing national costumes, representing the Soviet Republic. It is powered by a system of eight pumps that give out 1,200 liters of water for a jet that reaches 24 meters per second. The fountain is symbolic and tells much of Russia’s history just by its physical features.
Peterhof Fountains in St. Petersburg, Russia
Like any other tourist spots in Russia like the Moscow Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, or the Red Square, the Peterhof Fountains also attracts millions of visitors every year.
The Grand Cascade is the most famous ensemble of the fountain, and it runs from the northern façade of the Grand Palace to the Marine Canal. It is comprised of sixty-four different fountains, and two hundred bronze statues, bas-reliefs, and other decorations. Every year, around the end of May, the fountains of Peterhof are opened, and an all-day festival with fireworks and other performances can be enjoyed by the visitors. Each section of the park’s fountain is also turned one by one.
Merlion Front, Singapore
The Merlion has become the symbol of Singapore as time passes by. When you hear the name Singapore, you immediately fantasize about seeing the Merlion for yourself. It is considered as the national personification of Singapore. It represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village. It has a two-unit water-pumping system that works alternatively.
These fountains are either symbolic or have raised the rank of the country where they are located when it comes to tourism. They have become a significant part of the world of architecture and continue to amaze people and make every tourist’s travel worth it and more memorable.
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