Jaw-Dropping Fountains Around the World
In ancient times, water fountains were built for practical reasons, to provide clean water for drinking and bathing to residents of cities and villages. Over time, they became increasingly ornate — serving as memorials, public amusements, and often ostentatious displays of wealth and prestige. By the end of the 19th century, the invention of mechanical pumps allowed water to be vaulted even higher into the air. Today’s technology enables designers to build spectacular structures that splash in rhythm to computer-controlled lights and music, the water literally dancing to the delight of spectators. Modern or ancient, these 15 bubbling, beautiful fountains are sure to make a splash.