Some Of The Most Amazing Fountains On Earth
Fountains can be seen in almost every city on the planet but some of them are more than simply urban decorations that shoot water into the air. Some fountains are considered to be magnificent structures which have become immensely popular landmarks that attract people from all corners of the globe. Here are several of the most astonishing fountains in the world.
The Bellagio is a luxury hotel which is located in Las Vegas, USA. The resort opened doors in 1998 and has a total of 3.950 rooms. One of the main attractions of the hotel are its fountains which are situated on a manmade lake in front of the building. The fountains are comprised of a total of 1214 water shooters which eject water in different patterns while accompanied by a light show and music. The show takes place every 30 minutes during the afternoons and every 15 minutes during the night. Many consider the Bellagio Fountains to be the main attraction of the gambling city.
J.F. Archibald Memorial Fountain
This fountain is situated in Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia and is shortly known as Archibald Fountain. It is named after the renowned Australian journalist and publisher Jules François Archibald who was the owner and editor of the well-known, The Bulletin magazine. The fountain was designed by French artist François-Léon Sicard who created it in Paris in 1926. It was Archibald himself who insisted that the fountain should be built by a French artist in the Parisian style as he wanted to commemorate the Australian and French association that emerged during the events of World War I. Today, Archibald Fountain is one of Sydney's most emblematic monuments and attractions both local and foreign visitors by the numbers.
Fountain of Wealth
The Fountain of Wealth is recognised to be the largest fountain in the world. It lies in Suntec City which is one of the largest shopping malls in the island country of Singapore. The fountain was unveiled during the mid-1990s and its design is meant to symbolise life and wealth hence the structure's name. It is made entirely from silicon bronze and depicts a ring that sits on four slanted columns. The circumference of the ring is 66 metres while the entire structure covers an area of 1683.07 square metres. The height of the fountain is 13.8 metres. Many travelers describe it as a must see site, so if you are planning a trip to Singapore in the near future make sure to include the Fountain of Wealth in your itinerary.
Buxton Memorial Fountain
The Buxton Memorial Fountain is both a drinking fountain and memorial that is located in the capital of England, London. It honours the emancipation of Slaves in the British Empire during the mid-1830s. It was commissioned by Charles Buxton MP who designed the structure himself in collaboration with the prominent English neo-Gothic architect Samuel Sanders Teulon. Both men worked on the fountain's design in 1865 which coincidentally is the same year in which the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed. The memorial fountain was officially completed and unveiling in 1866. It was originally place in Parliament Square one of London's most beautiful plazas. However during the post-World War II redesign of the square the structure was removed and moved to its current location Victoria Tower Gardens. From 2006 to 2007 the Buxton Memorial Fountain was the subject of a major restoration project and today it is considered to be one of the city's most fascinating monuments.
Arguable the most famous fountain in the world, Trevi Fountain is an emblematic structure that lies in Rome, Italy. It is considered by many artists, architectural experts and travelers to be the most beautiful fountain on the planet. It was designed by the Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by the Late Baroque Italian sculptor Pietro Bracci during the second half of the 18th century. It is one of the largest Baroque fountains in Europe was it is almost 50 metres wide and approximately 26 metres tall. The structure is also known for its famous legends which says that if you throw a coin into it you will certainly return to the Italian capital.
The People’s Friendship Fountain
Built from 1951 to 1954, the People's Friendship Fountain is situated in Moscow, Russia. It was designed by architects G. Konstantinovsky and K. Topuridze and comprises of 16 gold gilded statues which represent the 16 republics that once formed the Soviet Union. The sculptures sit on a red granite octahedral bowl and the entire structure covers an area of 4.000 square meters. The People's Friendship Fountain is one of the main attractions of the All-Russian Exhibition Centre.
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
As its name suggest this fountain is located in the Barcelona neighbourhood of Montjuïc in Spain. It lies in close proximity to several well-known local landmarks such as:
Poble Espanyol de Barcelone
The Four Columns
The fountain was specially constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. It was designed by Carles Buïgas who has known for his amazing illuminated fountains. The structure is built on the same site where once stood The Four Columns which were erected by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1919 and demolished in 1928 by the order of Prime Minister Primo de Rivera as they represented the Catalanism movement. The Four Columns were rebuilt in 2010 and are situated at a few metres from the fountain. Just like the Bellagio Fountains, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is complimented with a light show and musical accompaniment.
Also known as the Fontana dell`Ovato due to its oval-shaped basin this fountain lies in Villa d`Este in close proximity to the Italian capital, Rome. In 2001 Villa d`Este and Tivoli Fountain were declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and are today one of Italy's most popular tourist destinations. The gardens that surround the fountain are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in Europe.