Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Fountain Worthy of Viewing

ft-254__97156.jpg Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of pagan and Christian relics on the grounds of 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. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. The part of town where it was located was forlorn and uninviting which generally kept visitors away. As part of an effort to modernize the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to take on the job. Work on the church's foundation began on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medals 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 tossed in.

Presenting Stand-Alone Garden Water Fountains

People love contained fountains for their simple installation and lower cost. All of the pieces are included with the fountain even the plumbing and pump.

There is another use for the term “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water reservoir.

Since they do not require much work to set up, self-contained fountains are ideal for patios and porches. They are also easy to transport from place to place.

The first thing the landscaper will need to determine is whether or not the land is flat. If your landscaper thinks the land is too bumpy, he can always flatten it for you. The following step is to put your water element in place and add some water. The only thing remaining to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be functional.

The best option for anyone who wants flexibility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. Lots of people position them in the middle of the garden, but they can really go anywhere. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just a few of the materials used to build them.

Contemporary Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots

A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often utilized by Romans to decorate their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains built to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

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

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Garden Fountains: The Numerous Designs From Which to Choose

Gardens allow you to retreat into nature and be outside anytime you want. While it is not a simple task to build one, you will be grateful you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it. A beautiful garden will increase any property value, as “curb appeal” is important to the market value. Experts suggest adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a lovely water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

A water fountain can significantly alter the aesthetics of a garden. A place of tranquility and serenity will appear from what was originally just a plain spot. The sounds of a water fountain make for a peaceful environment, not just for people but for the birds and other local wildlife that it will entice. Before you know it, the entire garden or yard will have a new centerpiece.

Pets and Backyard Fountains

House pets may be dubious of a new water feature so be certain to take them into account before purchasing one. A pet dog or cat may think that a stand-alone fountain is a big pool or a drinking pond. Your pets will not be negatively affected if you incorporate a wall water element to your property. Your fountain may draw in 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. Install a birdbath if your aim is to draw birds to your yard. Wall water features are excellent for indoor use as well if you want to avoid these issues. Dentists’ and doctors’ offices as well as manor homes are just a few of the places where you can find these kinds of fountains.

A Wall Fountain to Match Your Decor

A small patio or a courtyard is a great spot to situate your wall fountain when you seek out peace and quiet. Moreover, it can be made to fit into any wall space since it does not need much room. The required elements include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or secured. There are any number of different varieties available on the market including traditional, fashionable, classical, or Asian.

Also knownas a floor fountain, a stand-alone wall fountain is normally rather big, and its basin is located on the ground.

On the other hand, a fountain attached to a wall can be incorporated onto an existing wall or fit into a new wall. Integrating this type of water feature into your landscape adds a cohesiveness to the look you want to attain rather than making it seem as if the fountain was merely added later.


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