Originally, fountains were only meant for functional purposes. They were connected to springs or aqueducts and used to supply water for drinking, bathing water, and for washing to all of the residents of the cities or town or even villages.
Not until the late 19th century, most fountains were run by gravity and would require a water source which were higher than the fountain, just like a reservoir or aqueduct to enable the water flow or fly into the air.
Certainly, fountains do make wonderful historical monuments and can still inspire us with their beauty and power
Now, with the advent of technology, fountains are made in such a way that just give us the wow! effect and might have us drooling over them. Here are ten of the most amazing fountains in the world :
10. The Fountain of Wealth (Singapore):
The Fountain of Wealth located in Singapore is the largest fountain in the world. The bronze ring of the fountain is designed based on the Hindu Mandala, meaning universe and is a symbolic representation of the oneness in spirit and unity and further symbolizes the equality and harmony of all races and religions in Singapore.
9. The Archibald Fountain (Sydney, Australia):
The Archibald Fountain, properly called the J. F. Archibald Memorial Fountain is located in Hyde Park, in central Sydney, New South Wales. The design of this Water fountain is a mixture of Greek and Roman influences that features the god Apollo encircled by other mythical beings that spray water to the delight of park visitors.
8. The Buckingham Fountain (Chicago, United States):
Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. Dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, it is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan.
7. The Nations Friendship Fountain (Moscow, Russia)
The Nations Friendship Fountain is decorated with 16 gold-plated statues representing former republics of the USSR. The fountain sits within the larger All-Russian Exhibition Center.
6. Trevi Fountain (Rome, Italy)
Trevi Fountain in Rome standing 85 feet high and 65 feet wide. The central figure is an Oceanus sculpture and the water cascades below him and empties into a large basin. Trevi fountain is one of the most famous fountins in the world due to its sheer beauty and appearances in so many films over the years. It is must see next time you are in Rome. The fountain is undergoing a $2.9 million restoration to keep its beauty.
5. Magic Fountain of Montjuic (Barcelona, Spain)
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a fountain located at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The fountain is situated below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc hill and near the Plaça d’Espanya and Poble Espanyol de Barcelona.
4. Bellagio Fountains (Las Vegas, USA)
The construction of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas cost $40 million, worth every penny (to us visitors). These Fountains are choreographed to various pieces of music and present a light and water show every 15 to 30 minutes. Before the water show begins the nozzles break the water surface and the Bellagio hotel structure changes colors depending on the day, show, holiday or event.
3. Palace of Versailles (Versailles, France)
Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the Latona fountain illustrates the legend of Apollo’s mother and Diana protecting her children against the insults of the peasants of Lycia, and calling on Jupiter to avenge them. He heard their plea and transformed them into frogs and lizards.
2. The Burj Khalifa Fountain (Dubai, UAE)
Located on the man-made Burj Khalifa Lake in Dubai, this fountain is one of the most spectacular sights to see in a city full of amazing sights. The water jets can shoot up 150 meters (500 feet) in the air.
1.Big Wild Goose Pagoda Fountains (Xian, China)
Covering about 110,000 square meters, the music fountain in the North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the biggest one in Asia. The Fountain and Music Show has the most benches, the longest light-belt, and the largest-scale acoustic complex in the world.