An Absolute Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Water Feature in Cosmedin

6055_7302_art__86412.jpg Both Christian and pagan relics have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is mainly renowned for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was built in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. Due to the fact that the nearby area was depressing and mostly abandoned, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the work to lay down the foundation of the church. The consecration of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Presenting Contained Garden Water Fountains

Self-contained fountains are perfect for anyone looking for affordability and adaptability. The plumbing, pump, and other parts come included with the fountain. A second meaning of “self-contained” is a fountain which comes with its own a water source.

Self-contained fountains are quick to install making them perfect for anyone needing a patio fountain. Their versatility is also a plus, as they are very simple to move around.

The first issue the landscaper will need to find out is whether or not the land is even. If your landscaper thinks the land is too bumpy, he can always level it for you. The time has come to put your water feature in place and fill it with water. The remaining step is to plug it into a socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

The best alternative for anyone who wants mobility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. The center of a garden is a favorite place for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be placed anywhere.

A range of popular materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

The Advantages of Pondless Water Fountains in your Yard

The term “pondless fountain” is one other way to call a disappearing fountain. You are not able to see where the water comes from, since it is below ground. An excellent place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets frequent foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the environment. They are available in a wide array of styles, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

There are many reasons to give some thought to choosing a disappearing fountain. Any risk to anyone standing around it is averted since the water source is below ground level. This means that kids can safely hang out around it. Evaporating water is also not an issue since the water supply is not out in the open. This means you will lose less water than if you had another kind of fountain. The water source will remain uncontaminated and free of debris since it is underground and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to spend a lot of time cleaning it. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost anywhere you want.

The Ideal Tiered Water Feature for your Backyard

Gardens are typical places to put up a tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. You can find a lot of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European countries. Likely places to spot them are in courtyards and city squares. While some tiered fountains have sophisticated designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

While they can be located just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic surroundings. If done properly, anyone seeing the fountain will believe it has been there forever.

The Genesis Of Fountains

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

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. Residents of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Until the late 19th, 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. Designers thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and celebrate the designer responsible for creating it. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

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

The One Cleaning Solution to NEVER Use On Your Outdoor Water fountains

Water fountains will last a long time with regular cleaning and maintenance. It is easy for foreign objects to find their way into outdoor fountains, so keeping it clean is important. Also, algae is likely to build up anywhere natural light meets water. To avoid this, there are some simple ingredients that can be poured into the water, such as vinegar, sea salt, or hydrogen peroxide. There are those who choose to use bleach, but that is harmful to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

Every three-four months, garden fountains should undergo a serious cleaning. The first task is to empty out all of the water. Once it is empty, clean inside the reservoir with a gentle cleanser. Feel free to use a toothbrush if helpful for any smaller crevasses. Do not leave any soap deposit inside or on the fountain.

Calcium and fresh water organisms could get inside the pump, so you should really disassemble it to get it truly clean. Letting it soak in vinegar for several hours first will make it alot easier to clean. If you want to remove build-up in your fountain, use rain water or mineral water rather than tap water, as these don’t contain any elements that might stick to the inside of the pump.

Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by looking at it every day - this will keep it in tip-top shape. Permitting the water level to get too low can cause damage to the pump - and you certainly don't want that!


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