A Peek into the Origins of Wall Fountains

Hundreds of classic Greek documents were translated into Latin under the patronage of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. twf002__70095.jpg Continuing in his quest to make the city deserving of being called the seat of the Christian world, he resolved to embellish the beauty of the city as well. 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 restoration at the bidding of the Pope. The mostra, a monumental celebratory fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a custom also restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was instructed by him to put up a water fountain where we now see the breath-taking Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Garden Water Features: The Styles From Which to Choose

Whenever you want to chill out for a minute and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect spot. If you are going to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the work it takes to do it properly. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your real estate will be driven up when you put in an eye-catching garden. Many people decide to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or adding a water feature.

A water fountain can significantly change the aesthetics of a garden. A true fantasyland can be created from what used to be a very plain spot. You are not the only one who will appreciate the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly animals visiting. Before you know it, the whole garden or yard will have a new center of attention.

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

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was drastically changed by the appearance of the Normans in the later eleventh century. The skill of the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons' in design and farming at the time of the conquest. Still, home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the rest of the populace. Because of this, castles were cruder buildings than monasteries: Monasteries were usually immense stone buildings set in the biggest and most fertile valleys, while castles were erected on windy crests where their citizens dedicated time and space to tasks for offense and defense. Peaceful pastimes such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels. Berkeley Castle, maybe the most uncorrupted style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists now. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time period. A monumental terrace serves as a discouraging factor to invaders who would attempt to mine the walls of the building. On 1 of these terraces lies a charming bowling green: it is coated in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is formed into the shape of rough ramparts.

Multi-Tiered Water Fountains for your Yard

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and popular particularly in gardens.

These kinds of fountains are popular in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean nations. While they can be seen anywhere, they are most common in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people gather. Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most lavish tiered fountains, while others have less complex designs.

Any area can be embellished with one, even though a more conventional setting is sometimes more appropriate. The fountain should seem as old as the rest of the decor and fit in accordingly.

Water Delivery Strategies in Historic Rome

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct built in Rome, started off delivering the individuals living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had depended on natural springs up until then. Throughout this period, there were only two other systems capable of supplying water to elevated areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which gathered rainwater. From the beginning of the sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill through the subterranean channel of Acqua Vergine. The aqueduct’s channel was made reachable by pozzi, or manholes, that were placed along its length when it was first developed. Even though they were originally designed to make it possible to service the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started out using the manholes to gather water from the channel, opening when he bought the property in 1543. He didn’t get a sufficient quantity of water from the cistern that he had built on his residential property to gather rainwater. That is when he decided to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran below his residential property.

Consider Getting a Contained Water Element for Your Garden

Stand-alone fountains are ideal for anyone looking for affordability and adaptability. Since all components are included with the fountain, no additional parts are required. There is another use for the label “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water reservoir.

Self-contained fountains are easy to install making them well suited for anyone looking for a patio fountain. Due to the fact that they are portable, it is simple to change their location whenever you want.

The landscaper will first inspect that the spot where you want your fountain to go is level. Do not worry if the land is not flat, your landscaper can always even it out. You are now ready to position your water feature and fill it with water. Last but not least, connect it to a solar panel, a wall socket, or batteries, and it should be good to go.

Anyone who does not have easy access to a water source or external plumbing should think about a self-contained fountain. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and place them right in the center, although they can really go anywhere in the garden.

Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just some of the materials used to produce them.


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