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Outdoor Public Fountains Recorded by History

Water fountains were originally practical in purpose, used to bring water from canals or creeks to cities and hamlets, supplying the residents with clean water to drink, wash, and prepare food with. The force of gravity was the power supply of water fountains up until the conclusion of the nineteenth century, using the potent power of water traveling downhill from a spring or brook to squeeze the water through spigots or other outlets. Frequently used as memorials and commemorative edifices, water fountains have inspired people from all over the world throughout the centuries. The contemporary fountains of modern times bear little resemblance to the first water fountains. The very first accepted water fountain was a rock basin carved that served as a container for drinking water and ceremonial purposes. The oldest stone basins are presumed to be from around 2000 B.C.. The spraying of water appearing from small jets was pushed by gravity, the sole power source builders had in those days. These ancient fountains were designed to be functional, usually situated along aqueducts, streams and rivers to provide drinking water. The people of Rome began constructing ornate fountains in 6 BC, most of which were bronze or stone masks of wildlife and mythological characters. The impressive aqueducts of Rome delivered water to the incredible public fountains, most of which you can travel to today.

The Magic of Wall Fountains

Your family and friends will appreciate the elegance a wall fountain brings to your decor. Having a wall water feature in your daily life not only stimulates the eyes with its beauty but also your ears with the gentle background sounds it generates. You can leave an enduring impression on your guests with the visual elegance and the welcoming sounds of this sort of feature.

A wall fountain can add a great deal of beauty, even to today's living areas. If you want to accentuate your modern-day decor, consider adding one made of stainless steel or glass.Magic Wall Fountains 207025070414862650.jpg Does your home or office have a restricted amount of space? The ideal alternative for you is a wall water fountain. They take up no space since they are mounted on a wall. Busy entryways in office buildings are often adorned with one of these kinds of fountains. Wall fountains are not restricted to indoor use, however. Look into using fiberglass or resin for your outside wall water feature. Use water fountains made of these waterproof materials to liven up your garden, patio, or other outdoor space.

Wall fountains can be manufactured in a variety of different styles ranging from contemporary to classic and provincial. The type you pick for your space is dictated by individual design preferences. A city dweller’s design ideas might call for polished glass whereas a mountaineer might choose a more traditional material such as slate for a mountain lodge. It is up to you to pick the ideal material for you. No doubt however, fountains are sure to add to your quality of life and impress your family and friends.

The Source of Modern Outdoor Garden Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a learned man, reigned the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classic Greek texts into Latin. In order to make Rome worthy of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope decided to embellish the beauty of the city. Starting in 1453, the ruined ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Aqua Vergine which had brought fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, underwent restoration at the bidding of the Pope. The historical Roman tradition of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an imposing celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by the Pope to put up a wall fountain where we now find the Trevi Fountain. Modifications and extensions, included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually supplied the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.Effect Norman Invasion Anglo-Saxon Landscaping 14774576666905.jpg

The Effect of the Norman Invasion on Anglo-Saxon Landscaping

The arrival of the Normans in the 2nd half of the 11th century irreparably improved The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. Still, home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the entire population. Monasteries and castles served different purposes, so while monasteries were enormous stone structures assembled in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the people focused on understanding offensive and defensive practices. Peaceful pastimes such as gardening were out of place in these desolate citadels. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is depicted in Berkeley Castle, which is conceivably the most unscathed illustration we have. The keep is reported to have been invented during the time of William the Conqueror. A massive terrace serves as a discouraging factor to intruders who would attempt to mine the walls of the building. A scenic bowling green, covered in grass and surrounded by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, makes one of the terraces.