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Where did Fountains Begin?

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were simply meant to serve as functional elements. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash.Fountains Begin? 2479072229404673.jpg Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water supply, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public areas and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

A Short History of the First Outdoor Fountains

As initially conceived, fountains were designed to be practical, guiding water from streams or aqueducts to the residents of cities and villages, where the water could be used for cooking, washing, and drinking. Gravity was the power source of water fountains up until the close of the nineteenth century, using the potent power of water traveling downhill from a spring or creek to force the water through valves or other outlets.Short History First Outdoor Fountains 75800617194.jpg The elegance and wonder of fountains make them perfect for historic monuments. The contemporary fountains of today bear little likeness to the very first water fountains. Designed for drinking water and ceremonial reasons, the very first fountains were basic carved stone basins. 2000 BC is when the oldest known stone fountain basins were originally used. Gravity was the energy source that operated the oldest water fountains. Drinking water was supplied by public fountains, long before fountains became elaborate public monuments, as striking as they are functional. Fountains with embellished Gods, mythological beasts, and animals began to appear in Rome in about 6 BC, built from natural stone and bronze. Water for the communal fountains of Rome was brought to the city via a intricate system of water aqueducts.