Water Features
Los Altos Hills California

Outdoor Fountains: The Minoan Culture

Fountains and Water and the Minoan Civilization These supplied water and removed it, including water from waste and storms. Rock and terracotta were the elements of choice for these channels. Whenever prepared from clay, they were commonly in the form of canals and spherical or rectangular pipes. The cone-like and U-shaped clay pipes that were found haven’t been seen in any other society. The water supply at Knossos Palace was managed with a system of terracotta piping which was located beneath the floor, at depths varying from a couple of centimeters to several meters.Outdoor Fountains: Minoan Culture 75800617194.jpg The clay water pipes were additionally made use of for amassing and storing water. In order to make this achievable, the piping had to be created to handle: Underground Water Transportation: Initially this system appears to have been created not for convenience but rather to supply water for certain people or rituals without it being spotted. Quality Water Transportation: The water pipes may furthermore have been used to carry water to water fountains which were different from the city’s normal system.

The Beginnings of Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains

Hundreds of ancient Greek documents were translated into Latin under the auspices of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. He undertook the embellishment of Rome to make it into the worthy capital of the Christian world. Reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the behest of the Pope. The historical Roman tradition of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an magnificent celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to construct a wall fountain where we now see the Trevi Fountain.Beginnings Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains 207025070414862650.jpg Changes and extensions, included in the restored aqueduct, eventually provided the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.