Top Ten Fountains

Top Ten Fountains

  1. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

    The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi rione in Rome, Italy. Standing 25.9 m (85 feet) high and 19.8 m (65 feet) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city.
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  2. Hillerod Fountain, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  3. The Fountain of River Commerce and Navigation, Paris, France

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  4. Friendship of Nations Fountain, Moscow, Russia

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  5. Neptune Fountain, Florence, Italy

    The Fountain of Neptune is a fountain in Florence, Italy, situated on the Piazza della Signoria (Signoria square), in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. This work by Bartolomeo Ammannati (1563–1565) and some assistants, such as Giambologna, was commissioned on the occasion of the wedding of Francesco I de’ Medici with grand duchess Johanna of Austria in 1565. The assignment had first been given to Baccio Bandinelli, who designed the model but he died before he could start working on the block of Apuan marble. The Neptune figure, whose face resembles that of Cosimo I de’ Medici, was meant to be an allusion to the dominion of the Florentines over the sea. The figure stands on a high pedestal in the middle of an octagonal fountain. The pedestal in the middle is decorated with the mythical chained figures of Scylla and Charybdis. The statue of Neptune is a copy made in the 19th century, while the original is in the National Museum. However, when the work was finished, it was not appreciated in particular by the Florentines, who called it Il Biancone (the white giant). Work continued on this fountain during the next ten years. Ammannati, with the assistance of the best Florentine sculptors and casters, added around the perimeter of the basin, in a mannerist style, suave, reclining, bronze river gods, laughing satyrs and marble sea-horses emerging from the water. The monumental marble and the dynamic bronzes give nevertheless a coherent impression. The fountain served as an example for future fountain-makers. The fountain has suffered a great deal of damage during the centuries. It was used as a washbasin for laundry at the end of the 16th century. It was vandalized on January 25, 1580. A satyr was stolen during the carnival in 1830. It was damaged again by the Bourbon bombardments of 1848. Consequently, it has been the object of several restorations and substitutions. On August 4, 2005, the statue was the target of three vandals who climbed it, damaging one of the hands and the trident of Neptune. The act was recorded by security cameras. The statue was restored by 2007. Since then, security on the fountain has been taken very seriously. In late 2007, the statue was the target of attempted vandalism by four teens. The security cameras and nearby police ensured that no damage came to the fountain again and the four were arrested.
    Links: Top Ten Italian Attractions, Top Ten Sculptures by Bartolomeo Ammannati, Top Ten Italian Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_of_Neptune,
  6. Piazza Pretoria Fountain, Palermo, Italy

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  7. Neptune Fountain, Gdańsk, Poland

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  8. Diana and Actaeon Fountain, Naples, Italy

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  9. Plaça d’Espanya, Barcelona, Spain

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  10. Alexander the Great Statue Fountain at Macedonia Square, Macedonia

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  11. The Whaling Monument, Sandefjord, Norway

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  12. Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  13. Fountain of the Naiads on Piazza della Repubblica, Rome, Italy

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  14. Bonus: Fountain Pergola, Wrocław, Poland

           Located in Wroclaw, this beautifully boisterous fountain was revealed on June 4, 2009. Since that time, the fountain has become yet another unique attraction of the city of Wroclaw. This multimedia fountain at the Pergola provides a spectacle, which appeals to more than meets the eye. The fountain not only fires water to a height of 40 meters, but combines artistic animations that appear on the screen, with music, creating a spectacular show. This particular multimedia type of fountain is one of several such projects around the world.
    Links: Top Ten Polish Attractions, http://elaba.pl/fontanna-pergola.html,
  15. Salzburg Fountain, Residenzplatz, Austria

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  16. Rossio Fountain, Lisbon, Portugal

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  17. Het Loo Palace Fountain, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

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  18. Aphrodite Fountain, Mexico City, Mexico

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  19. Madrid Fountain, Spanish

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  20. The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

           The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a fountain located at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The fountain is situated below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc hill and near the Plaça d’Espanya. The fountain, like most of the surrounding developments, was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. The Magic Fountain was designed by Carles Buigas, who had designed illuminated fountains as early as 1922. The site where the fountain was constructed was the previous location of The Four Columns. The columns, representative of the Catalanism movement, were demolished in 1928 under the rule of Prime Minister Migel Primo de Rivera and were re-erected in 2010 a few meters away from the original location. Buigas submitted his design a year before the exhibition, with many calling the plan too ambitious, with too little time to complete. The construction project utilized over 3,000 workers. The first show took place on May 19, 1929, the day before the start of the Exposition. The fountain was badly damaged in the Spanish Civil War and did not operate until 1955, after Buigas oversaw needed repairs. In the 1980’s, music was incorporated with the light show and the fountain, along with the Museu Nacional, was completely restored prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics, held at Montjuïc. Performances include film, classical and modern music, such as The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, a Spanish zarzuela movement, and “Barcelona” by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé. The light and music performances from October to April take place on Fridays and Saturdays every half-hour between 7:00 and 8:30 pm, and from May to September Thursday through Sunday every half-hour between 9:00 and 11:00pm. The closest Barcelona Metro station is Espanya, along Lines 1, 3, and 8.
    Links: Top Ten Spanish Attractions, Top Ten Barcelona Attractions, Top 100 Films, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Fountain_of_Montju%C3%AFc,
  21. Fuente Las Tarascas, Mexico

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  22. ‘The Lagoon’ on Cairns Esplanade, Australia

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  23. El Paraguas, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico

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  24. Bahram Gur Fountain, Azneft Square, Azerbaijan

           Bahram V was the 14th Sassanid King of Persia (421–438). Also called Bahram Gur or Bahramgur, he was a son of Yazdegerd I (399–421), after whose sudden death (or assassination) he gained the crown against the opposition of the grandees by the help of Mundhir, the Arab dynast of al-Hirah.
    Links: Top Ten Azerbaijani Attractions, Top 100 Coins, Top 100 European Coins, Top 100 European Statueshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahram_V,
  25. Bonus: Pipeless Foucet Fountain

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  26. Bonus: Swarovski Crystal Headquarters Fountain, Wattens, Austria

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  27. Bonus: La Joute (“the Joust”), Montreal, Canada

           La Joute (“the joust”) (1969) is a public sculptural installation by Quebec artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, a member of the Automatiste movement. It is presently located in Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle in the Quartier international de Montréal.
    Links: Top Ten Canadian Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Joute,
  28. Volcano Fountain, Lisbon, Portugal

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