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A Chronicle of Outdoor Garden Fountains

The translation of hundreds of ancient Greek texts into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who ruled the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. It was imperative for him to embellish the city of Rome to make it worthy of being called the capital of the Christian world. In 1453 the Pope commissioned the repairing of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Building a mostra, a grandiose celebratory fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the arrival point of an aqueduct, was a tradition revived 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. Changes 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.

The Effect of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Garden Design

Anglo-Saxons felt extraordinary changes to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The Normans were better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But before centering on home-life or having the occasion to think about domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire population. Most often designed upon windy peaks, castles were straightforward structures that allowed their occupants to spend time and space to offensive and defensive schemes, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings frequently added in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. The barren fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of gardening.Effect Norman Conquest Anglo-Saxon Garden Design 057862912369871468.jpg The best specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. It is said that the keep was introduced during William the Conqueror's time. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an impediment to assailants intending to excavate under the castle walls. A scenic bowling green, covered in grass and enclosed by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.

Use a Wall Water Fountain To Help Improve Air Quality

If what you are after is to breathe life into an otherwise uninspiring ambiance, an indoor wall fountain can be the solution. Your eyes, your ears and your well-being can be favorably influenced by including this kind of indoor feature in your home. If you doubt the benefits of water fountains, just look at the research supporting this theory. The negative ions released by water features are countered by the positive ions emitted by today’s conveniences. The negative ions produced by these types of water features overtake the positive ones resulting in positive shifts to both your psychological and physical health. A rise in serotonin levels is felt by those who have one of these water features making them more alert, serene and lively. Indoor wall fountains {generate negative ions which serve to heighten your mood and eliminate air pollutants. Allergies, air-borne pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features. Finally, these fountains absorb dust particles and micro-organisms in the air thereby influencing your general health for the better.

The Wide Array of Outdoor Wall Fountains

Having a wall fountain in your backyard or on a veranda is excellent when you seek to relax. Even a small space can include a custom-built one. The required elements include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or anchored. There are many different types available on the market including traditional, fashionable, classical, or Asian.

With its basin laid on the ground, freestanding wall fountains, or floor fountains, are generally quite large in size.

It is possible to incorporate a wall-mounted fountain onto an already existent wall or built into a new wall. Incorporating this kind of water feature into your landscape adds a cohesiveness to the look you want to achieve rather than making it seem as if the fountain was merely added later.