A Magnificent Example of Roman Know-How: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Waterwork

Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is largely famous for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a sad and neglected part of the city. b-047__15614.jpg 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 attempt to make the area more popular. The job of laying down the church’s first stones began on August 17, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medallions bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also thrown in.

Pondless Water Elements: Some of the Benefits of Having one in your Garden

Disappearing fountains occasionally go by the name “pondless” fountains. The source of the water is not visible since it is beneath the surface of the ground. Disappearing fountains should be put near any place people hang out often, as they add so much to the surrounding area. It is not difficult to find the kind that is right for you, as there are so many to choose from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

Disappearing fountains also have many advantages. There is no large pool of water that could pose a danger to anyone since the water comes from below the ground. This means that children can safely hang out around it. Additionally, due to the fact that water is located below ground level, none of it is lost to evaporation. Other sorts of fountains waste more water due to evaporation. It is very low-maintenance since it is underground and not exposed to debris or algae. Lastly, it is simpler to find a place for it because of its small size.

Garden Fountains for Compact Spots

You can make your space look bigger due to the reflective effect of water.

Dark materials alter the refractive properties of a fountain or water feature. Use underwater lights, which come in many different forms and colors, to flaunt your new feature at night. Solar powered eco-lights are great during the day and underwater lights are perfect for nighttime use. Alleviating stress and anxiety with their relaxing sounds are some of the applications in nature medicine.

Water just mixes into the greenery in your yard. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to turn the core component of your backyard. The versatility of water features is that they can be installed in large backyards as well as in small verandas. The most appropriate accessories and the best location for it are important if you want to enhance the atmosphere.

Incorporate the Energy of Feng Shui into Your Garden

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will bring its healthy energy into your home as well.

Size is not the most important factor when incorporating feng shui design to your yard.

A sizeable area is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Feng shui tools are the same whether you are working in your garden or your home. In order to learn the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to understand your home’s bagua.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is vital to start by knowing how to bolster each of its five elements.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal development energy. This could be the optimal place to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

A water element is a perfect addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

The Genesis Of Garden Fountains

The amazing or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Pure functionality was the original purpose of fountains. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs nearby.

Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. 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 illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Urban fountains created at the end of the nineteenth served only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Beautifying city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the purposes of modern-day fountains.

A Back Story of Outdoor Water Fountains

During his time in control (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the intellectual Pope Nicholas V authorized countless of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. Making the city into the worthy capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to embellish it. In 1453 he initiated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from many miles away. Nicholas V also resurrected the Roman convention of installing imposing fountains, referred to as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. At his behest, the architect Leon Battista Alberti began the building of a wall fountain in the place where the imposing Trevi Fountain now stands. The aqueduct he had refurbished included changes and extensions which eventually enabled 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.


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