A Real Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian artifacts in Rome have come upon an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The nearby basilica is mainly renowned for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. twf004__48973.jpg Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was relatively unknown and located far from sight making it hard to visit. It was said that there was very little to see in this area because it was abject and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to build a fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular. Work on the church's foundation started on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medallions bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also tossed in.

The Advantages of a Water Feature to Your Daily Life

Having a fountain around can improve your everyday life as the soothing sound of the water provides a sense of tranquility, and the movement of the water serves to clean and moisten the air.

You might be surprised to learn of all the rewards of being around an indoor or outdoor garden fountain. People around the world flock to coastal cities and major bodies of water, most likely motivated by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. While you could invest in an overpriced beach house or plunge into the ocean every day to experience the benefits of water, getting a water feature is much easier and more affordable!

Enhance any outdoor area by adding a gorgeous outdoor garden fountain. Even if you are already happy with your outdoor area, the introduction of one of the many outdoor fountains available will make you adore it even more. If you have a screened porch, think about installing one there, or if not, then on the outside wall above your patio. Turn your flower garden into an oasis of peace by adding a pretty tiered model. Birds love birdbath fountains because the cascading of the water ensures that it stays clean and does not accumulate bacteria and algae. The final touch your garden area needs to be a haven of peace is the sound of flowing water.

Delight in the Unique Design of the Cascade Fountain at Chatsworth Garden

The Cascade garden fountain creates a incredible garden focal point at the rear of Chatsworth House.

Extending down the hillside for 200 yards towards the house is a group of 24 irregularly positioned stone steps. The Cascade is founded on a 17th century French design and is totally gravity fed as well. Created for the earliest Duke of Devonshire in 1696, this water fountain has remained unmodified ever since. The Cascade House stands at the peak of the fountain where water spills downward. Ornamented on the outside of the house with sea creatures in bas-relief, the dwelling is a smaller building. Water pressure to the Cascade can be boosted on certain instances, causing the Cascade House to become part of the Cascade spectacle, as water moves through conduits on its roof and from the jaws of its carved underwater creatures, prior to continuing along the Cascade. The sound of the water falling varies as it descends down the Cascades, offering a wonderful and soothing complement to a walk through the gardens and produced by the slight difference of every step. In 2004, Chatsworth's Cascade, was voted England's best water feature.

Beautiful Garden Tiered Water Features

Fountains with multiple levels can be found just about anywhere and have been displayed in gardens for many years. The countries in the southern portion of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. While they can be seen anywhere, they are most common in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people gather. All tiered fountains are enchanting, although some have much more lavish carvings than others.

Traditional or classic locations are perfect places for them. The fountain should blend right into the environment as if it has been there since the beginning.

The Biggest Water Fountains Around the World

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the leading continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water reaches the astonishing height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Reaching water heights of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the 2nd highest worldwide.

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Regarded as 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: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are in use, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, completed in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Water-lifting System by Camillo Agrippa

Unfortunately, Agrippa’s wonderful plan for raising water wasn’t mentioned a great deal after 1588, when Andrea Bacci applauded it openly. It might have become dated when the Villa Medici was enabled to receive water from the Acqua Felice, the early modern conduit, in 1592. Although its glory was temporary, Camillo Agrippa’s concept for lifting water was the marvel of its day, exceeding anything built in Italy since the days of classic Rome.

Although there were various other worthwhile water-driven concepts either planned or built during the latter part of the sixteenth century, like scenographic water presentations, giochi d’acqua or water caprices, and melodious fountains, not one were nourished by water like Agrippa’s system.

Recommendations for Putting in an Outdoor

A lot of people forget the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when thinking about where to put their garden fountain. Occasionally new owners get so caught up in the romanticism of their new purchase that they forget important details. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to attach an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. You will also need to have a water supply close by so that you can effortlessly fill your water fountain. It is difficult to move water from one spot to another. A nearby hose is handy when time comes to fill the fountain. A water fountain autofill is yet another alternative, but will require the help of an expert who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.


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