Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worthy of Experiencing

win732__78528.jpg Remarkable discoveries of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture found at the entrance of the nearby basilica. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a sad and desolate part of the city. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to design a fountain for the area. The task of laying down the church’s foundation began on August 17, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were tossed into the foundation.

Recommendations for Installing a Garden Water Element

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a suitable water source and an electrical outlet in close proximity. People sometimes forget the technical things because they get caught up in the excitement of installing their newest purchase. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to attach an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. You will also need to have a water source close by so that you can easily fill your water fountain. Carrying large quantities of water requires strength so you do not want to have to carry it a long way. A nearby water hose is handy when time comes to fill the fountain. If you have an expert on hand, you may want to look into getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much less difficult in the long run.

Install an Outdoor Water Element as a Commemorative Piece

For a cherished one you have lost, a garden fountain can make a unique memorial. Many traditional customs have been done away with in today’s world. Nevertheless, it is still popular to commemorate the deceased.

Memorials often include personal artifacts and are often used to pay homage to the deceased. A lot of people view backyard garden fountains as lovely commemorative pieces to their loved ones. You can personalize it in many ways such as adding a nameplate, having yearly memorial services around the fountain, planting flowers nearby, or including a framed photo.

You can pay homage to the dearly departed in creative and personal ways with garden fountains. Prosperity, achievement, and good fortune all are represented by the flowing water which celebrates the memory of the defunct. Be sure to get a sturdy, durable, weatherproof garden fountain to create a lasting memorial. Once you do the work to build the garden fountain memorial, you will want to ensure it will last.

Anglo-Saxon Landscapes at the Time of the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons experienced extraordinary changes to their daily lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But before concentrating on home-life or having the occasion to consider domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire population. Most often constructed upon windy peaks, castles were basic constructs that enabled their inhabitants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive programs, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings frequently placed in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. Tranquil pastimes such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels.

The purest example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. The keep is said to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A massive terrace serves as a hindrance to invaders who would try to mine the walls of the building. On one of these parapets is a picturesque bowling green covered in grass and enclosed by an aged hedge of yew that has been shaped into coarse battlements.

Instructions for Installing a Wall Water Element

Just about any room will benefit from the inclusion of a wall fountain. The effects of the water sounds include bringing serenity and calm to the room. People tend to set up their wall fountains in foyers, but, in fact, they can be a wonderful addition to any room where everyone gathers. Although each model might have slight differences on how to mount it, the standard directions are the same for all.

Assembly will include putting together various pieces. First you should attach the base to the upper section, then connect the pump and the tubing. The directions should be read first to make sure it is set up properly. You should find the steps relatively simple. Note, however, that the guidelines for your specific model can vary slightly. The easiest way to ensure it is positioned correctly is to recruit someone to hold it where you want it while you mark the wall. The best way to make sure it is hung correctly is to use a level. Both the upper end and the bottom should be marked. Wall fountains can be installed in more than just one way. You can insert the screws in the wall and glide them into the holes on the back of the wall fountain. On the other hand, brackets can be fixed to the wall. The bracket alternative is best, especially for wall fountains that are big and bulky. Determine where the brackets need to be placed and mark the wall accordingly. To place the drywall anchors, first off put pilot holes into the wall. Affix the anchors by attentively hammering them into the wall. Hold the brackets in position on the wall and use a portable drill or screwdriver to affix them. Hang your wall fountain by fastening it onto the brackets. Check to see that it is in the ideal position and safely on the brackets. Add some water once the wall fountain is up. Use sufficient water so that the pump is completely submerged. It is now time to plug it in and watch the water flow. Very carefully put in just enough water to reach one inch below the top edge of the basin. Be careful not to fill it totally to the top or it will overflow when you turn off the pump. The water level will rise because all of the moving water will settle down at the base of the bowl.

If there is too much water, it will spill out and can harm your flooring and furnishings.

Visit the World’s Tallest Fountains

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain in the world. The water here shoots up to a height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in second with water heights of 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

With water jetting 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes the list.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps function at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.


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