A True Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Remarkable discoveries of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture located in the portico of the nearby basilica. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was created in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. p_441__90132.jpg For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a sad and neglected part of the city. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to erect a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. Work on the church's foundation started on on August 11, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the illustration of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were tossed into the foundation.

Where are the Planet's Tallest Water Showpieces?

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

Coming in second is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which shoots water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in seventh.

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Kitties and Water Features They Can Appreciate

Whenever your cat hears water running in the kitchen, does he come running? Does he put his paws into the toilet or feel the water in his bowl before putting his face in it? Cats do not like to have water that is not moving, and this act shows this. In most cases, they will not seek out a lot of water to drink.

Cats in the wild generally get the hydration they need from meats containing water. For this reason, cats do not have a natural desire for much water. Pet cats, though, count on you for their water, as they do not get the essential hydration from their meals. To maintain a healthy water source for your pet, get it a cat fountain.

Limitless fresh water will continually be available to your pet if you get one. The range of different types will allow you to choose a fountain best suited to your cat. Some fountains are basically a basin which refills automatically while others supply fresher water due to their constant flow.

The Beauty of Multi-Level Fountains

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and common especially in gardens. You can find many of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European countries. The courtyards of buildings and public squares are just two the areas you might see one. All multi-level fountains are enchanting, although some have much more elaborate carvings than others.

People love to showcase them in places having a more traditional look and feel. It should seem as if the fountain has been part of the decor since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Water-lifting System by Camillo Agrippa

The praise Agrippa’s water-lifting innovation was given from Andrea Bacci in 1588 was temporal. It could be that the Acqua Felice, the second of Rome’s earliest modern aqueducts made the unit useless when it was linked to the Villa Medici in 1592. This is all the more sad given how impressive Camillo Agrippa’s technology was, totally new in Italy during the hundreds of years that transpired between the fall of ancient Rome and the modern day era. Renaissance landscapes of the late sixteenth century happened to be home to works like music water fountains, scenographic water presentations and water caprices (giochi d’acqua), but these were not outfitted with water in ways that defied gravity itself.


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