A True Roman Wonder: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained relatively unknown. Since the nearby area was depressing and mostly uninhabited, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. or_22l__58785.jpg It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the work to put down the foundation of the church. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated 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 thrown in.

Landscape Elegance: Outdoor Water fountains

Nowadays you can just put your garden water fountain close to a wall since they no longer need to be connected to a pond. In addition, it is no longer necessary to excavate, deal with a difficult installation process or tidy up the pond. Plumbing is no longer necessary since this feature in now self-contained. Do not forget, however, to put in water at consistent intervals. Your pond should always contain fresh water, so be sure to empty the basin anytime it gets grimy.

Stone and metal are most common elements employed to construct garden wall fountains even though they can be manufactured from other materials as well. You must know the look you are shooting for in order to decide on the best suited material.

Outdoor wall fountains come in many shapes and sizes, therefore ensure that the design you decide to buy is hand-crafted, simple to hang and lightweight. In addition, be sure to buy a fountain which requires little upkeep. While there may be some instances in which the setup needs a bit more care, generally the majority require a minimal amount of work to install since the only two parts which call for scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging parts. You can rest assured your garden can be easily juiced up by installing this type of fountain.

Creating the Ideal Haven Inside or Outdoors

Including a feng shui fountain in your living space is certain to add to creating an atmosphere of harmony and serenity. A garden or home waterfall is the most effective option. It will really contribute a lot to the interior and exterior of your house. The ideal place for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from inside too.

Be sure to add plants and flowers, as they have an significant impact on the charm of a water fountain. Look for plant types that flourish throughout the year. Beautiful stones, statues, or a fireplace are also nice add-ons.

Early Water Supply Techniques in The City Of Rome

Rome’s 1st elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; before that, people residing at higher elevations had to rely on natural springs for their water. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the lone technologies around at the time to supply water to spots of high elevation. To supply water to Pincian Hill in the early 16th century, they applied the new process of redirecting the stream from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground channel. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. Even though they were primarily designed to make it possible to support the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started using the manholes to get water from the channel, starting when he acquired the property in 1543. The cistern he had built to collect rainwater wasn’t satisfactory to meet his water specifications.

That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran below his residential property.

Why Your Your Furry Friends and Visiting Birds Love Fountains

Wildlife and pets are naturally drawn to bird feeders and water fountains. Birds must have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. There are some birds, such as robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers, which are not attracted to bird feeders, but are interested in fountains because of the moving water. Many birds prefer flowing water versus standing water, making an outdoor fountain even more appealing than a bowl-shaped bird bath. Trickling fountains which splash water have a more detectable sound, this attracting even more birds.

Dogs like fountains as they provide another place to drink water. During the hot summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for clean water. Constantly moving water is also going to require much less cleaning than a still bowl of water from a birdbath, which collects debris.


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