A Magnificent Example of Roman Talent: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Waterwork

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of heathen and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a famed marble sculpture found in the portico of the nearby basilica. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a drab and neglected part of the city. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. or-21-pd-155__26069.jpg August 11, 1717 saw the start of the job to put down the foundation of the church. After blessing of the first stone, medals bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were tossed into the foundation.

The Perfect Tiered Water Element for your Backyard

Gardens are popular places to put up a multi-tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. You can find many of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European nations. Common places to see them are in courtyards and piazzas. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

Traditional or classic surroundings are perfect places for them. If done right, anyone seeing the fountain will believe it has been there for many years.

The Multiple Kinds of Wall Fountains

You can find tranquility and silence when you add a wall fountain in your backyard or patio. Even a little space can include a custom-built one. A spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump are vital for freestanding as well as mounted types. Traditional, modern, antique, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can consider.

Also referred to as a floor fountain, a stand-alone wall fountain is normally rather large, and its basin is located on the ground.

On the other hand, a fountain affixed to a wall can be incorporated onto an existing wall or built into a new wall. Incorporating this type 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.

The Impact of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Landscaping

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was considerably changed by the introduction of the Normans in the later eleventh century. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. However the Normans had to pacify the entire territory before they could focus on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Most often designed upon windy summits, castles were basic structures that allowed their occupants to spend time and space to offensive and defensive schemes, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings generally placed in only the most fecund, broad valleys.

The serene practice of gardening was unlikely in these dismal bastions. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is depicted in Berkeley Castle, which is conceivably the most untouched illustration we have. It is said that the keep was created during William the Conqueror's time. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an impediment to attackers trying to excavate under the castle walls. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an ancient yew hedge cut into the shape of crude battlements.

The Story of Wall Fountains

During his rule (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the learned Pope Nicholas V commissioned scores of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. Making the city into the deserving capital of the Christian community was important to him, so he also took steps to embellish it. In 1453 he initiated the repairing of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away. The mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a practice also restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by him to build a wall fountain where we now see the breath-taking Trevi Fountain. The water which ultimately provided the Trevi Fountain, as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, came from the rebuilt and altered aqueduct.

Outdoor Water Elements: Installment Recommendations

A lot of people forget the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when contemplating where to put their garden fountain. The thrill of owning one occasionally causes people to skip the technical details when setting it up for the first time. The majority of power cords are 12 feet long and require a 120v outdoor outlet, though an extension cord can always be added. It will be necessary to replenish your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water nearby. Hauling water is hard and laborious. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain much less demanding. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be connected to an external water line and needs a professional to install it.


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Anglo Saxon Landscapes at the Time of the Norman Conquest
Anglo-Saxons felt incredible adjustments to their daily lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But... read more
Keeping Your Fountain Clean
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