If you are looking to transform a rather ordinary landscape into breathtaking scenery, a fountain could be the perfect solution. Throughout time, people have stopped to admire the beautiful fountains in their town squares or in front of royal palaces. Today, you can discover fountains in the most unlikely places throughout the world. What are some of the most famous water features in the world?
The Trevi Fountain
Perhaps the most famous fountain of all time is the Trevi Fountain, located in Rome. If you’ve seen La Dolce Vita, you may remember the scene where the glamorous woman wades into the Trevi Fountain one night wearing an evening gown. Additionally, this fountain served as a backdrop for movies such as Roman Holiday, Three Coins in a Fountain and the Lizzie Mcguire Movie.
According to legend, if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, you will return to Rome. If that isn’t a good enough reason to throw a coin into the fountain, then you may be delighted to know that all the money is donated to charity. Each night, the coins are collected and given to a charity, Caritas, which donates grocery money to people in need.
Nine Floating Fountains
In 1970, Japanese American artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi revealed his collection of fountains that appear to be flying through the air. Located in Osaka, Japan, these fountains attract tourists from all around the world.
For a truly spectacular sight, check out the fountain at The Swarovski Crystal Worlds Museum in Wattens, Austria. Built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swarovski crystal company, this fountain consists of a giant, grass-covered head with water pouring out of the mouth.
Moonlight Rainbow Fountain
If you have the pleasure of visiting Seoul, you must check out the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain. Situated on both sides of the Banpo Bridge, this fountain draws water from the Han River and creates a spectacular light and water show. Currently the world’s longest bridge fountain, a dazzling display of water and lights shoot out from both sides of the bridge. With 380 jets of shooting water, you have to see this to believe it.
Created by water sculptor William Pye in 2000, you can find this glorious work of art in front of the luxury Seaham Hotel and Spa in Sutherland, England. With a cylindrical design, this mesmerizing fountain has a whirlpool in its center. The name “Charybdis” comes from Homer’s epic tale, The Odyssey. When the siren Charybdis stole an oxen from Hercules, Zeus punished her by transforming her into a whirlpool.
Fountain of Wealth
In Suntec City, Singapore, you’ll find the Fountain of Wealth, which is considered to be the largest fountain in the world. Believe it or not, Suntec City is actually one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore. Made out of silicon bronze, this fountain creates a nightly laser show that is truly a sight to see.
The Magic Tap
In Cadiz, Spain, you’ll find The Magic Tap, which appears to be a giant faucet hovering in mid-air. A pipe is hidden inside the stream of water pouring from the tap, which supports the entire structure. This whimsical structure appeals to people of all ages.
In Valencia, Spain, you’ll find a fountain with strategic jets of water that combine with metal rods to create the shape of a sailboat. The jets of water form the sail and the actual boat and this structure sits on the Playa de la Malvarrosa. If you are lucky enough to hit the beaches of Spain, check his structure out.
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