Originally used as drinking and bathing water in the ancient times, fountains evolved to be wonderful pieces of architecture that give every landscape a spectacular view. While ancient civilization use stone basins to create fountains, twenty first century fountains are made of precious metals and stones with different sculptures and other elements incorporated, they come in different forms too.
For the love of fountains, we bring you ten of the most fascinating fountains around the world that made everyone stop in awe and wonder at the beauty of these man-made springs.
Banpo Bridge in Han River, Seoul, Korea
Standing 1,140 meters long, Banpo Bridge fountain in Korea has 380 nozzles pumping out 190 tons of water in sixty seconds. It is also called the Moonlight Rainbow fountain because of the beautiful rhythm of lights it displays at night.
The Fountain of Wealth in Suntec City, Singapore
Created to bring good luck, Fountain of Wealth in Suntec City Mall in Singapore is made of bronze materials with around 85 tons in weight. It is locate on top of an underground restaurant to give shoppers a better view of the fountain.
Fontaine Des Innocents in Paris, France
Designed by architect Pierre Lescot and sculpted by Jean Goujon, Fontaine des Innocents was built in Cemetery de Innocents before the cemetery was moved to a permanent location in mid 1800’s.
King Fahd’s Fountain in Coast of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Known to be the tallest water fountain in the world, King Fahd’s Fountain or Jeddah Fountain shoots out water 233 mph and is scaled taller than the Eiffel Tower without the antennae. It was donated by King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz thus earning its name.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain in Xian City, China
Big Wild Goose Pagoda is known to be the largest musical fountain in Asia and is composed of 22 sprays. It also has the longest light bar with fires shooting out of the holes occasionally.
Fontana de Trevi in Rome, Italy
A baroque designed fountain situated at the end of Aqua Virgo aqueduct, Fontana de Trevi was known to be built in 1762 which shows a sculpture of Poseidon surrounded by tritons. Legends hold that if you stand with your back to the fountain and toss a coin over your shoulder, you are bound to return to Rome.
Charybdis Fountain in Seaham Hall, Sunderland, UK
Created by William Pye, Charybdis Fountain is tagged as the largest vortex fountain that embodies a siren who took an oxen of Hercules.
La Joute Fountain in Montreal, Canada
La Joutte Fountain in Canada is a kinetic sculpture fountain with a ring of flames around the bronze statues of human that fires for around seven minutes. The fountain was created in 1969 by designer Jean Paul Riopelle.
Castle Square Fountain in Swansea, Wales
Castle Square Fountain is just another ordinary fountain facing the Swansea City Centre that amazingly turns into deep red annually every St. David’s Day and stays red for over a week.
Mercury Fountain in Barcelona, Spain
Mercury fountain in Spain is created in memory of the town of Almaden which is known to have the largest quantity of liquid mercury metal produced in the world by artist Alexander Calder.
So, which one is your favorite?
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