From being structures for laundry and drinking, fountains have evolved to being monuments of beauty and magnificence. These structures have never ceased to amaze people of all ages. Anywhere without a fountain is a place short of magic.
However, with hundreds and thousands of fountains built all over the world, you can never tell which ones are truly the best. For this list, however, six of the most inspiring fountains worldwide have been chosen.
Bellagio fountain in the heart of Las Vegas’ eight-acre casino is nothing short of luxurious. Built with a $40 million budget, the Fountains of Bellagio attracts visitors from all over the world. It can jet waters up to a 24-story-building height and is regularly maintained by a team of 39 engineers, who are also qualified scuba divers. With 4,500 lights within the fountain’s perimeters, everyone who watches its shows is left in awe.
Buckingham Fountain is in the middle of Grant Park and is considered one of the most enormous fountains in the whole world. Buckingham Fountain resembles a kind of layered wedding cake and was patterned after the Latona Fountain in Versailles, which is equally as impressive.
What could make the Royal Palace of Barcelona more magical than building a grand fountain right in front of it? The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc was meant to be a surprise for the coronation of the king. Today, it stands as a marvelous embellishment in the Montjuïc neighborhood, spouting thousands of cubic meters of water with 3,000 horsepower pumps and choreographing incredible light and water shows every night.
The Swarovski Crystal Head Fountain is a beautiful sight, adding grandeur to the entrance of Crystal Worlds, the world-famous museum in Innsbruck, Austria. This fountain was designed by Andre Heller as a set of large eyes made of Swarovski glass.
Aside from being the largest fountain in the world, as awarded by the Guinness World Records in 1998, the Fountain of Wealth in Singapore’s Suntec City shopping mall is also very magical and symbolic. Its bronze ring foundation is made according to Hindu Mandala, which means universe, and represents Singapore’s unity and equality of all the country’s religions and races.
The fountain, which covers an area of 1,683 square meters, not only blasts 13-meter high waters but also displays laser light performances in the evening featuring personalized messages from visitors. Uniquely, the Fountain of Wealth is occasionally turned off during the day so that bystanders can retrieve any thrown in coins for good luck.
Banpo Moonlight Rainbow Fountain has over 10,000 LEDs, and is found in Seoul, Korea. It is definitely one of the most colorful fountains in the world. Aside from that, it is also the longest bridge fountain that exists, covering up to a 370-feet bridge. Its 380 water jets acquire water from the Han River and can shoot it horizontally to 141 feet. Visitors can enjoy its daily show from April to October.