The World’s Top Ten Fountains
One of the most beautiful sights in any city is a spectacular fountain, beloved of citizens and tourists alike. Soaring jets of water, lights and impressive sculptures have made many fountains famous throughout the world, and we can expect to see fountains of one sort or another in most city centres. To see the 10 most impressive water fountains across the world, however, you need to follow our list of the top ten fountains from across the globe:
1. Rome – Standing 25.9 meters (85 feet) high and 19.8 meters (65 feet) wide, Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
Italy is a country blessed with many beautiful sculptures, but this one, towering over visitors at 25.9 meters (85 feet) in height and 19.8 meters (65 feet) wide, can lay claim to be one of the most beautiful in the world – if not the most beautiful.
Originally commissioned in 1732 by Pope Clemens XII, the fountain was completed 30 years later and christened by Pope Clemens XIII. It depicts the sea god Neptune in the centre, amid two mythical tritons – one of who is wrestling with a flaming horse depicting deadly seas, while the other symbolises the quiet ocean by blowing a horn made of shells.
The fountain found film fame in La Dolce Vita by Fellini, in the scene where Anita Ekberg bathes in it at midnight. Another talking point is the old tale that if a visitor tosses a coin into the Trevi, they will return to Rome once again.
2. Barcelona – Built by designer Carles Buigas in 1929 for the Great Universal Exhibition the magic fountain of Montjuic.
Built in 1929 for the city’s Great Universal Exhibition, by renowned designer Carles Buigas, this fountain can be found between Placa d’Espanya and the National Palau. Thousands of people flock to the fountain to marvel at its incredible nightly sound and light show, making it a valuable addition to the amazing city of Barcelona.
3. Tivoli Fountain fountain (the Ovetta or Oval)
Also known as the Tiburtine Fountain, this is a major reason to visit this ancient and beautiful Lazio hill town, quite apart from the ruins of the villa of the Emperor Hadrian and the sumptuous gardens of the Villa D’Este. The fountain itself symbolises the many different waters in the Tivoli region.
4. The Bellagio Fountains Las Vegas
There’s 1,001 reasons to visit Vegas, the gambling, glitz and entertainment capital of the USA and most probably the world. Just one of the stunning sights to ooh and aah over is the Bellagio Fountains, with a dazzling array of 1,214 water jets! These see the waters spouting to over 460 feet in the air, and when combined with the regular choreographed musical spectacles, you will soon see why this fountain has been shown in any films, TV shows, classic photos and magazine articles on Sin City. It has also become a very popular spot for holidaymakers to propose to their loved ones.
5. Singapore The Fountain of Wealth
An underground fountain, this one, and found in the depths of the gigantic Suntec shopping mall, the largest commercial centre in the city state. Believed to be the biggest fountain in the world, this bronze juggernaut looks like five tower blocks in the form of a hand clawing its way out of the ground. An unforgettable sight.
6. London The Archibald Fountain is located in Hyde Park
In the city centre’s peaceful Hyde Park can be found Sydney’s most popular fountain, first unveiled to the public by its Lord Mayor Samuel Walder in 1932. French designer Francois Sicard took his inspiration from the images found in the arts and writings of Classical Rome and Greece, which is why the centrepiece of the fountain is the Greek god Apollo, cast in bronze and surrounded by a menagerie of mythical beasts and characters from legend, all playfully spraying water. The fountain was commissioned to honour the alliance between Australia and France in the First World War.
7. Geneva, Jet d’Eau
Look at any tourist brochure, guidebook or leaflet about the Swiss city of Geneva, and you’ll find a picture of this mighty water jet. Its iconic status is well-deserved, however, as it takes full advantage of its location at the place where Lake Geneva meets the Rhone River, to blast water into the sky at heights of 460 feet at a velocity of 124 mph. This means that it can be seen from most places in the city. Usually only in operation between May and September, it also comes to life in March for Geneva’s famous Motor Show.
8. Moscow People’s Friendship Fountain
When visiting the Russian capital, don’t forget to venture to the vast All-Russian Exhibition Center – a complex featuring a huge commercial centre, a leisure zone and numerous exhibition halls. What also makes this place so essential is the centrepiece of the octagonal Friendship of Nations plaza. The fountain is composed of 16 golden statues depicting beautiful maidens dressed in the national costumes of all the former Soviet republics.
9. China – The Big Wild Goose Pagoda Xian City
This attraction certainly boasts one of the strangest names of any fountain in the world. It is actually a revered Buddhist holy site, found in the capital city of Shaanxi province, one of the oldest cities in China. The pagoda itself was built in 652 AD under the auspices of the Tang Dynasty’s Emperor Gaozong, and can be found in the city’s southern district. As well as a place of pilgrimage, it is famed for the fountain – the largest musical fountain to be found throughout Asia. To fully appreciate its splendour, such as the world’s longest light belt, visit at night to see the fountain lit up in a magical multitude of lights.
10. Saudi Arabia, City Of Jeddha The King Fahd’s Fountain
This Saudi Arabian fountain shoots massive jets of water over a 1,000 feet in the air – that’s higher than the Eiffel Tower! – making it the world’s highest fountain. Driven by a trio of huge and powerful pumps, capable of delivering 165 gallons of water every second at a velocity of 233 mph through five-inch nozzles, it is the epitome of controlled power and a must-see for anyone visiting the Saudi kingdom.