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The Source of Modern Wall Fountains

Himself a learned man, Pope Nicholas V led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of hundreds of age-old texts from their original Greek into Latin. Embellishing Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his ambitions. In 1453 the Pope commissioned the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Building a mostra, an imposing celebratory fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the arrival point of an aqueduct, was a tradition revived by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to construct a wall fountain where we now see the Trevi Fountain. Adjustments and extensions, included in the restored aqueduct, eventually provided the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

The One Cleaning Solution to NEVER Use On Your Garden Fountains

In order to ensure that water fountains last a while, it is important to perform regular maintenance. It is important to clean it out and take out any debris or foreign elements that might have fallen into or onto it. On top of that, algae can be a problem, because sun hitting the water permits it to form quickly. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be blended into the water to eliminate this problem. Some people opt for pouring bleach into the water, but the problem is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.One Cleaning Solution NEVER Use Garden Fountains 238629726999.jpg

An extensive cleaning every 3-4 months is best for garden fountains. The initial step is to empty out all of the water. When you have done this, scrub inside the water reservoir with a mild detergent. If there are any small grooves, use a toothbrush to get every spot. Do not leave any soap deposit inside of or on the fountain.

Various organisms and calcium deposits can get inside the pump, so it is advised to take it apart and clean it completely. Letting it soak in vinegar for several hours first will make it alot easier to clean. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to eliminate any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain every day and add water if you see that the level is depleted. Allowing the water to go below the pump’s intake level, can cause major damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!

Where did Fountains Originate from?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.Fountains Originate from? 388709845485026.jpg

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Artists thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and celebrate the artist responsible for creating it. Roman fountains usually depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create smaller depictions of the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries manufactured baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

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