From historical monuments in Rome and St. Petersburg to 21st century technological marvels in Dubai and Seoul here are our Top 20 gorgeous fountains from around the world.
Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy
The 18th Century Roman Baroque fountain is arguably
the most famous fountain in the worldattracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Standing at 26.3 meters high and 49.15 meters wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in all of Rome. The fountain's central sculpture is of the god Oceanus, who according to ancient Greek and Roman mythology was the personification of the sea, taming the unruly waters.
The Buckingham Fountain - Chicago, United States
Dedicated in 1927 and located the heart of Chicago's Grant Park,
The Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world. The fountain, the design of which is said to have been inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, was built in a rococo style and is meant to be an allegorical representation of Lake Michigan.
Jet d'Eau - Geneva, Switzerland
Since it's completion in 1951 the Jet d'Eau has become
the unofficial symbol of the city of Genevaas well as one of its most recognized landmarks. The fountain is situated at the point where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône River and is visible not only from most parts of the city but also from the sky if your plane is landing in Geneva and even if it is only flying over it. The fountain forgoes opulence instead opting for a simple 4 inch nozzle which shoots some seven tons of water 120 meters in to the sky.
Fountain of Wealth - Singapore
In 1998 Singapore's Fountain of Wealth was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as
the largest fountain in the world. The fountain, which is made from silicon bronze, consists of a ring which is supported by four large slanted columns. Fountain of Wealth reaches a height of 13.8 meters and occupies a total area of 1683 square meters. When the fountain is switched off visitors are invited to walk under the ring enjoying the smaller fountains as well as picking up coins which are meant to bring good luck.
Samson Fountain, Peterhof - St Petersburg, Russia
Built for Peter the Great in the 1720s, the Peterhof Palace is often referred to as the
"Russian Versaille", and with its extraordinary gardens, gorgeous fountains and gold plated statues we could not think of a better comparison. Peterhof's pride and joy is the Samson Fountainwhich was built to commemorate Russia's victory over Sweden in 1709. The fountain's center piece is a bronze gold-plated statue of Samson ripping open a lion's mouth from which shoots a 20 meter vertical jet of water. Remarkably the fountain operates without the use of pumps.