An Absolute Roman Showpiece: The Santa Maria Waterwork in Cosmedin

Remarkable discoveries of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The famed marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained relatively unknown. twfs013__89973.jpg It was said that there was very little to see in this area because it was abject and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to build a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular. Work on the church's infrastructure started on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medals bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also tossed in.

A Glimpse into the Roots of Fountains

The Roman academic Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) took the initiative to have hundreds of ancient Greek texts translated into Latin. He also undertook the beautification of the city to turn it into the true seat of the Christian world. Starting in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an historical Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the bidding of the Pope. Nicholas V also revived the Roman custom of installing imposing fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The interesting origins of the Trevi Fountain date back to an older fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains located in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the altered, rebuilt aqueduct.

Consider Buying a Self-Contained Water Fountain for Your Backyard

People love contained fountains for their easy installation and lower cost. The plumbing, pump, and other components come with the fountain. There is another use for the term “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water reservoir.

Stand-alone water fountains are quite easy to install making them the perfect option for your patio or veranda. Since they are easily moveable, it is simple to change their location whenever you want.

The place you want to situate your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case. Do not worry if the land is not flat, your landscaper can easily even it out. You are now ready to install your water feature and fill it with water. Last but not least, connect it to a solar panel, a wall outlet, or batteries, and it should be good to go.

Since it is stand-alone and does not necessitate an external water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is optimal for anyone looking for ease and convenience. Although a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people place them in the middle. You purchase them in many different materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Animals and Backyard Fountains

Be certain to take your pet into consideration when you are planning on putting in a water feature. A pet dog or cat could think that a stand-alone fountain is a big pool or a drinking pond. Installing a fountain to your yard is a great idea, one which is certain to benefit your pets. Your fountain may attract birds who think it is a great place to cool down, so it is important to think about where you will place this type of water feature. Installing a birdbath in your yard is the perfect solution if you want to attract birds. Setting up a wall water fountain inside your house is a good alternative if you want to avoid such troubles. These sorts of fountains are great for dental and medical offices, not to mention stately homes.

Installing a Fountain In Smaller Backyards

The reflective properties of water means it can make smaller areas appear bigger than they are. In order to generate the optimum reflective properties of a water feature or fountain, it is best to use dark materials. When the sun goes down, you can use submersed lights in different colors and shapes to illuminate your new feature. Sunlight is essential to power eco-lights during the day time while submerged lights are great for night use. Natural treatments use them because they emanate a soothing effect which helps to relieve stress as well as anxiety.

Your backyard vegetation is a fantastic area to blend in your water feature. Your pond, man-made waterway, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s interest. The flexibility of water features is that they can be set up in large backyards as well as in small verandas. The best way to perfect the atmosphere, place it in a good place and use the right accompaniments.

The Perfect Multi-Level Water Fountain for your Garden

Gardens are popular places to display a tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain typically have lots of tiered fountains. The courtyards of buildings and public squares are just a couple the areas you might find one. While some multi-level fountains have sophisticated designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

Although they can be located just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic surroundings. If done properly, anyone seeing the fountain will think it has been there for a long time.


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