A True Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

s-370__39103.jpg Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of heathen and Christian artifacts on the grounds of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Situated in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was relatively unknown and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and desolate part of the city. 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. Work on the church's infrastructure commenced on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medals 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.

Consider Getting a Stand-Alone Fountain for Your Garden

Self-Contained fountains are cheaper and easy to install and are therefore in demand. You do not need to have any additional components because they all come included with the instructions for your fountain. There is another use for the label “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water reservoir.

If you are looking for an easy-to-install water fountain for a veranda or porch, a self-contained model is definitely recommended. Their versatility is also an advantage, as they are very easy to move around.

The spot you want to situate your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first determine if this is the case. Do not worry if the land is not level, your landscaper can always even it out.

The moment has come to position your water feature in place and fill it with water. The final step is to plug it into a socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

Since it is free-standing and does not need an alternative water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is optimal for anyone looking for ease and convenience. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and put them right in the center, although they can certainly go anywhere in the garden. A range of common materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Increase Business with a Water Feature in Your Offices

Most people who visit a business love to see water fountain. If you have a business or store, having a water fountain will likely bring in more clients and differentiate you from others. Yoga studios, bookstores, coffee shops, salons, and other retail spaces are ideal places to install a water fountain. For businesses where people like to hang out outdoors, a water fountain can provide a soothing environment. A bar or restaurant should think about adding a water fountain to draw in couples trying to find a romantic setting.

The Countless Ways You Can Benefit from Water Fountains

There are countless benefits to be gained from outdoor fountains including improved air quality as well as wonderful sounds and sights. They provide many health benefits and create a lovely environment to entertain loved ones. In the end though, you will most likely experience certain benefits your fountain will provide only to you. You just might be reminded of a great vacation or trip you took. When you see it, you may think back to a special person you once knew. Or perhaps you want to get one in memory of someone you have lost. You will undoubtedly appreciate its benefits and beauty for a long time.

Setting Up and Maintaining Large Outdoor Fountains

A very important first step is to consider the size of the outdoor wall fountain with regards to the area you have available for it. It will need a solid wall to support its overall weight. Areas or walls that are small will require a lightweight fountain. In order to operate the fountain, an electric powered socket will need to be close by.

Whatever the style of outdoor wall fountain you choose, they typically come with simple to follow, step-by-step instructions.

Generally, when you purchase an outdoor wall fountain, it will come in an easy-to-use kit that will include all the needed information to install it properly. A submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir, are provided in the kit. Depending on its size, the basin can normally be hidden quite easily amongst the plants. Once installed, wall fountains typically only need to have some light maintenance and regular cleaning.

It is vital to replenish the water consistently so that it stays clean. Remember to clear away debris like leaves, twigs or dirt as fast as possible. Extremely cold temperatures can damage your outdoor wall fountain so be sure to protect it during wintertime. If left outdoors, your pump could break as a result of freezing water, so bring it inside during the winter. The bottom line is that if you properly maintain and look after for your outdoor fountain, it will bring you joy for many years.


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