Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worth Visiting

or-160__53050.jpg Incredible discoveries of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the acclaimed 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 hard to visit. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a sad and deserted part of the city. In order to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain for the area. Work on the church's foundation began on on August 11, 1717. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Rome’s Ingenious Water Transport Systems

Previous to 273, when the first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was constructed in Roma, inhabitants who lived on hillsides had to travel further down to get their water from natural sources. If inhabitants residing at higher elevations did not have access to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to depend on the remaining existing systems of the day, cisterns that compiled rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that drew the water from below ground. To provide water to Pincian Hill in the early sixteenth century, they applied the emerging technique of redirecting the current from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground channel. Pozzi, or manholes, were built at regular intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. Although they were initially planned to make it possible to support the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi began using the manholes to get water from the channel, opening when he purchased the property in 1543. He didn’t get an adequate amount water from the cistern that he had constructed on his residential property to obtain rainwater. By using an opening to the aqueduct that flowed underneath his property, he was able to suit his water desires.

Water Fountains: Important in any Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens usually include a water feature. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simple because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

You will also find many fountains that have spouts built of bamboo. The water passes through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin underneath.

Even when new, it should be made to look as if it has been outdoors for a long time. So that the fountain looks at one with nature, people normally enhance it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. To the owner of the fountain, it clearly is more than just nice decoration.

If you are hoping for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain built of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. Eventually moss begins to grow over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Bigger water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Think about adding a beautiful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, nevertheless, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Many people decide to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to give the illusion of running water.

Recommendations for Choosing the Perfect Water Fountain for Your Needs

It is vital to think about how a water fountain will fit into your garden prior to buying one. Any high-traffic locations such as driveways, entryways, or roundabouts are perfect spots to install one.

Certain fountains are especially built to lean against a wall. To secure one against a wall, look for a bar or hook on the back made specifically for this purpose. Bare in mind when you set up your fountain that you must firmly attach it to a wall to avoid having it fall over in high winds and getting damaged.

A popular place to add a garden sculpture is traditionally in areas where people come together to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Water Features: Beloved Pets, Visiting Birds and You

Wildlife and pets are naturally drawn to bird feeders and water fountains. The truth is that birds require water to: drink, bathe and preen. Robins, thrushes, orioles and warblers, though not attracted to bird feeders, are alternatively drawn to the movement of water created by fountains. Many flying creatures appreciate running water rather than of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Birds hear the trickling and splashing and are even more likely to come visit.

As dog owners will concur these outdoor fountains are a great water source for the four-legged creatures. During the sweltering summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for fresh water. Also, regularly coursing water fountains require less maintenance than the still water of a birdbath that tend to get dirtier.


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