Even though most fountains nowadays are being built for decorative purposes, they were initially used to supply drinking water for the residents of cities, towns or villages. Some of the world’s most spectacular fountains are exceptional masterpieces of architecture and design that shape water in unique and innovative ways in order to perform exquisite displays of shapes and color. Mesmerizing, right? If you’re one of those people who just loves to sit, enjoy a coffee or a hot dog and stare all day at something beautiful, feel free to check out our list of the most stunning fountains in the world.
10. Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, Seoul
The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is known as the world’s longest bridge fountain, measuring in at 4724 feet. The fountain was installed on the sides of the Banpo Bridge in Seoul in 2009, and it features 10,000 LED nozzles that have the capacity to shoot out 190 tons of water at any given moment. The water is pumped out of the river and right back in again, which means extra points.
9. King Fahd’s Fountain, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The King Fahd’s Fountain is the tallest of its kind in the world, and it can be found in Jeddah. The fountain was given to the city by King Fahd, and is an incredible example of modern engineering. This fountain is able to shoot water jets at an altitude of 1,024 feet and at a speed of 233 mph.
8. 71 Fountain, Ohio, USA
The 71 Fountain was named as such because it can be found on the 71 Highway in Ohio, USA. The fountain actually resembles a giant ring perched on its side that features multiple nozzles on its inner surface. These nozzles all shoot water into the same spot at the center of the ring in order to create a fantastic display. It’s almost like Stargate – water edition.
7. Friendship of the Peoples Fountain, Moscow, Russia
The Friendship of the Peoples Fountain was built during Russia’s Soviet Era, and it depicts the various nationalities and cultures of the Soviet Union. The fountain was designed by architects G.D. Konstantinovskiy and K.G. Topuradze, and it boasts 16 gorgeous gold-plated female statues representing the USSR republics.
6. Tap Fountain, Santa Galdana, Menorca, Spain
There are quite a few tap-shaped fountains across Europe, but the one in Menorca, Spain is definitely unique. The Tap Fountain appears to be suspended in mid air with no support at all; actually, the supports are masked by the water stream that flows out of the faucet.
5. Pineapple Fountain Charleston SC
The Pineapple Fountain in Charleston boasts a distinct pineapple-inspired design. Due to its convenient location within the Charleston Waterfront Park, this fountain has become one of the most photographed landmarks in the city.
4. Swarovski Fountain, Innsbruck, Austria
The Swarovski Fountain can be found within the Crystal World theme park that is operated by the Swarovski Company in the lovely town of Wattens in Austria. The fountain has a rather unusual theme, and it features a giant head covered in moss that looks like it is an intricate part of the hillside.
3. Archibald Fountain, Sydney, Australia
The Archibald Fountain can be found in Sydney, Australia, in the city’s Hyde Park, and it was named after J. F. Archibald. The landmark was sketched out by a French artist named François-Léon Sicard, who finished it in 1926 to represent the bond between Australia and France during World War I.
2. Buckingham Fountain, Chicago
As one of the largest fountains in existence, the Buckingham Fountain adorns Chicago’s Grand Park, and it was built using a mix of Art Deco and Beaux Arts architectural elements. The fountain symbolizes Lake Michigan as it is surrounded by the states of Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois, each state being represented by a sea horse. The construction costs for this incredible creation soared to $750,000.
1. Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The city of Las Vegas boasts an endless array of attractions for all tastes and preferences. The Fountains of Bellagio are universally appreciated by tourists and locals alike, flaunting a superb choreographed show of light and music that rivals the equally famous Dubai Fountain. Anyone remember Ocean’s Eleven? The fountains are placed right in front of the Bellagio Hotel within an artificial lake that was inspired in its design by the Lake Como Resort in Bellagio, Italy.