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From Where Did Water Fountains Originate?

Pope Nicholas V, himself a well educated man, reigned the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classic Greek texts into Latin. It was imperative for him to beautify the city of Rome to make it worthy of being known as the capital of the Christian world. In 1453 the Pope commissioned the reconstruction of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Building a mostra, an imposing commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the arrival point of an aqueduct, was a custom revived by Nicholas V. The present-day site of the Trevi Fountain was formerly occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and built by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains located in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona were eventually supplied with water from the altered aqueduct he had rebuilt.

The Fountains

Villages and villages depended on practical water fountains to channel water for cooking, bathing, and cleaning up from local sources like lakes, streams, or springs. In the years before electric power, the spray of fountains was driven by gravity alone, often using an aqueduct or water resource located far away in the nearby mountains. Inspirational and spectacular, big water fountains have been designed as memorials in nearly all civilizations. Simple in design, the 1st water fountains didn't look much like present fountains. Uncomplicated stone basins sculpted from nearby material were the first fountains, used for spiritual purposes and drinking water. Rock basins as fountains have been found from 2,000 BC.Fountains 2479072229404673.jpg The spray of water appearing from small spouts was forced by gravity, the sole power source designers had in those days. Located near reservoirs or creeks, the functional public water fountains provided the local populace with fresh drinking water. Fountains with embellished Gods, mythological beasts, and creatures began to show up in Rome in about 6 B.C., built from rock and bronze. Water for the open fountains of Rome was brought to the city via a elaborate system of water aqueducts.