Are you in search of the fountain of youth? Sophia Loren once said: “There is a fountain of youth!”
The glamorous actress explained the fountain of youth as follows: ” It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
Similarly, some water fountains are the ultimate resemblance in creativity, an idea in a mind that came to life, and in doing so, touches the lives of people without boundaries.
I find when I spend time at a fountain I forget about time and age, and I find myself enjoying every moment as if I was still a little child. It’s a destresser of note!
So with all that said, let’s have a look at some of the world’s most spectacular mountains. These fountains, some of which are Guinness World Records, are not only record-breakers but also captivating works of art and engineering that continue to amaze visitors from around the world.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a dazzling attraction located in Barcelona. It was built for the 1929 International Exposition and has since become a beloved icon. The fountain hosts nightly music and light shows, where water dances to the rhythms of music. Its vibrant displays against the backdrop of the National Palace are truly enchanting.
This fountain, located at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds museum, is a fusion of art, technology, and nature. It features a giant crystal head with a water-spouting face adorned with sparkling Swarovski crystals. The water jets and lighting effects create a magical and otherworldly atmosphere that's sure to leave visitors in awe.
It's recognized as the world's largest choreographed fountain system. Located at the base of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain is a stunning display of music, water, and light. It can shoot water up to 150 meters (492 feet) into the air and is choreographed to music, making it a mesmerizing experience.
This fountain boasts the most extensive music fountain complex in the world. Situated in front of the historic Big Wild Goose Pagoda, this fountain showcases an impressive water and light show set to music. It covers a vast area and is a popular attraction in Xi'an.
With all the waves dancing to the music this is indeed a joyful place of interest.
Despite the initial controversy surrounding the musical water feature's construction, it was finally opened in 2012. It sits in Maidan Park near the Victoria Memorial. The initial controversy was due to the vast contrast between the high running costs of the lavish water feature versus the level of poverty of the surrounding community.
The Bellagio Fountains are a mesmerizing attraction in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Set in a vast, man-made lake, these fountains put on a captivating water and light show set to music. The choreography of the water jets is nothing short of spectacular and has become an iconic Las Vegas experience.
Fifty-six granite pillars surround an impressive pool. Each pillar represents one of the U.S. states at the time of WWII. The two water jets always look like candles to me, i.e. in honor of those who gave their lives, and in the hope of, and maintaining, future peace.
This fountain holds the title of the most generous fountain in the world. The Archibald Fountain, located in Sydney's Hyde Park, features beautiful sculptures and provides drinking water for humans and animals alike. It's a symbol of generosity and an artistic masterpiece.
Also known as "Fuente del Barco de Agua" in Spanish, this "boat" is an example of joyful creativity. Who would have thought a few rods with liquid jets could result in such an amazing crystal-clear boat?
Commissioned by Pope Clement XII way back in 1730 this water feature sure can tell stories. If only it could talk! The coins tossed into the basin (see our article Fun Facts about Rome) is put aside to help the needy.
The Palace of Versailles (about 37 km from Paris) is the host of this lavish bronze scene illustrating the story of the Greek god Apollo, dating back to 1671. When in battle he was deadly with the bow and arrow.
The King Fahd Fountain holds the record for the tallest fountain in the world. This breathtaking fountain shoots water up to an astounding height of 312 meters (1,024 feet). Located in the Red Sea port of Jeddah, it's a true marvel of engineering and a stunning sight to behold.
Since 2009, it has been in South Korea and holds a Guinness World Record for being "the world's longest bridge fountain". You will be mesmerized by its luminous shows.
The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is a colorful spectacle on the Banpo Bridge in Seoul. It spans 1,140 meters and features thousands of LED nozzles that create a vibrant, ever-changing display of water and light.
Also known as Fontan "Druzhba Narodov" this enormous basin of 3700 square meters decorated with 16 gold-plated statues, was erected in 1954.
The sculptures represent the different nationalities and former Republics of the USSR.
Although the selection of fountains is not in any particular priority, I must admit Geneva's 140-meter high fountain just does it for me. I guess it's the simplicity of shooting out about seven tons of water at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour. An incredible show of power! The fountain is in operation since 1951, weather permitted.