10 Famous Fountains to Put On Your Travel Bucket List
The world is an incredible place and it is filled with natural and man-made wonders. Among these are incredible fountains and water features which have become tourist destinations in their own right.
Here we have listed the top 10 famous fountains you must visit in your lifetime. Read through and see how many you can tick off!
Surely the most famous fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, is in the Trevi district. Dating back to 1732, it was designed by famous architect Nicola Salvi of Italy and created by Pietro Bracci. At more than 26 metres high it is Rome’s largest water feature.
For a more modern masterpiece, visit the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, America. These huge fountains are a performance in their own right with giant jets and colour changes set to music that play every evening. Often the most common image on a postcard from Las Vegas, these beautifully choreographed fountains are truly a spectacle.
Fontana di Tivoli
While in Italy, it would be a crime not to visit the Fontana di Tivoli which sits just outside Rome. The oval fountain is surrounded by gorgeous landscaped gardens and the backdrop to the fountain is an ivy covered carved rock surround with statues and a shaded walkway.
Fountain of Montjuic
Staying in Europe, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain, is a similar display to the Las Vegas Bellagio Fountains. It took 3,000 workers just one year to build the fountain which was finished in 1929. Since then, it has been added to and the original light shows are now set to music. The water jets create impressive shapes as the coloured lights play over the spray.
King Fahd’s Fountain
If you want to venture further afield, the King Fahd’s fountain in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is the tallest fountain in the world and the water spray can be seen across the whole region. Interestingly, this fountain uses saltwater instead of freshwater and it is lit up at night.
Fountain of Wealth
A shopping centre in Singapore might be an unlikely place to find one of the world’s best fountains but the Fountain of Wealth is worth the trip. At night, there are laser shows, lights and live songs to attract visitors from all over.
The Archibald Fountain is named to remember the allegiance between the Aussies and the French in WW1. It was built in 1932 and has figures from Greek and Roman literature.
Friendship of the Peoples Fountain
Russia has an entry on this list for the Friendship of the Peoples Fountain. This impressive fountain has real gold statues which represent all 16 of the Soviet Union republics. It was once used to provide drinking water but is now just a tourist attraction.
Also in Russia, the Samson Fountain is at the Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg. Nestled amongst a row of palaces and gardens, the fountain was built in the 1730s. It shows the story of the Russian/Swedish war.
This luxurious fountain in Innsbruck, Austria, is at the front of the crystal museum which belongs to the Swarovski company which is known the world over.
You may not be able to have a famous fountain in or around your home, but you can have the next best thing. There are some really magnificent water fountains you can choose from, just have a look!
- Candace Osmond