A fountain can add an extra special element to your garden whatever its size; from a large multi-tiered water feature to a small fountain gently trickling in the corner. However, not all fountains are created equal, and there are some truly awe-inspiring fountains around the world that are worth visiting in their own right. From an extravagantly gilded fountain in Russia, to a larger than life tourist attraction in Las Vegas, see below to learn more about just five of the most amazing fountains around the world.
The Nations Friendship Fountain – Moscow, Russia
The 16 gold-plated statues of this extravagant fountain are there to represent the 16 former republics of the USSR, including Estonia, Georgia, Russia and the Ukraine. The fountain sits in the plaza of the Russia Exhibition Centre, and the gold figures are each depicted wearing the national dress of their country.
Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy
One of the most famous fountains in the world stands at an impressive 85 metres high by 65 metres wide, and is built in a Baroque style from the same material used to build the Colosseum. The fountain is one of the oldest water sources in Rome, and huge numbers of visitors throw coins into the water each day to bring them good luck.
Bellagio Fountains – Las Vegas, United States
Las Vegas is known for its culture of excess, and the Bellagio Fountains are no exception. Their construction cost a cool $40 million, and they put on a spectacular light and water show set to music, every 15 to 30 minutes. There are an astonishing 1,214 jets of water that make up these fountains, and they can shoot water up to 460 feet in the air.
Moonlight Rainbow Fountain – Seoul, South Korea
This multi-coloured fountain is an impressive 1,140 metres long, making it the longest bridge fountain in the world. The water jets move in time to a choreographed selection of music, and the rainbow colours you see are courtesy of 10,000 LED lights.
Tap fountain – Menorca, Spain
This fountain is actually one of several similar designs which can be seen across Europe (in Ypres, Belgium and Bahia de Cadiz, Spain), and it uses a clever structure to create an optical illusion. Supports are hidden by the water flowing out of the tap, to give the impression that the tap itself is floating in mid-air.
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