Splash! Famous Fountains Worth Seeing

  • Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

    Rome's Trevi Fountain, probably the most famous water fountain in the world, was completed in 1762, 30 years after Nicola Salvi first began work on it. According to local legend, any visitor who throws a coin into Trevi Fountain will one day return to Rome – and an estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown in each day.

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  • Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, Nevada

    In a city where few things come for free, the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel stand out as easy on the eyes and the wallet. Every 15 to 30 minutes, the fountains come to life in a water show choreographed with music and light, with some of Sin City's most famous landmarks as a background. Set in the middle of an 8-acre man-made lake, the fountains feature some 1,200 nozzles.

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  • Fountains in the Parc de Versailles, France

    The gardens of Versailles, the summer hunting palace of the French monarchy during the eighteenth century, are famous for their musical fountains. There are nearly a dozen of them, each inspired by famous characters in mythology, like Bacchus, Saturn and Apollo.

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  • Jet d'Eau in Geneva, Switzerland

    Geneva's Jet d'Eau comes spewing from the waters of Lake Geneva, shooting water over 450 feet into the air. Each second, the nozzle pumps more than 130 gallons of water at speeds of nearly 125 miles per hour. Be careful while viewing this famous landmark, as a slight change in wind direction has been known to drench spectators.

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  • Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, IL

    Located in Chicago's Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain was built in 1927 and remains one of the largest fountains in the world. The fountain was designed to symbolize Lake Michigan, with its four sea horses representing the four states that border the lake. Swing by at the top of every hour for a choreographed water show.

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  • The Merlion in Singapore

    Singapore's Merlion fountain, while somewhat bizarre, has become somewhat of a national landmark. The 28-foot-tall statue has the body of a fish and the head of a lion, with water spewing from its mouth into a lake in Merlion Park. The Merlion is said to represent Singapore's origins as a humble fishing village.

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  • James Scott Memorial Fountain in Detroit, MI

    Built in 1925 at a cost of half a million dollars, the James Scott Memorial Fountain sits at the heart of Detroit's Belle Isle Park. The controversial figure and notorious womanizer who the fountain honors left a sizable chunk of money to the city of Detroit to build a monument, but the catch was, he also wanted a life sized statue of himself erected.

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  • World War II Memorial Fountain in Washington, DC

    The World War II Memorial Fountain, located in the National Mall in Washington DC, was first dedicated in 2004 in honor of the men and women who served in the armed forces during World War II. The fountain's construction caused controversy, as critics didn't like that it interrupted the view between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

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  • Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain

    Just below the Palau Nacional in Barcelona, you'll find the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, originally built for the 1929 World Fair. On the weekends during winter and Thursday through Sunday during summer, you can stop by the fountain throughout the day to see the fountains light up in different colors and dance to music.

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  • Peterhof Fountain in St. Petersburg, Russia

    Known as the Versailles of Russia, Peterhof Palace has its own set of magnificent fountains on the palace grounds near St. Petersburg. Statues in the center of the main fountain depict Sampson tearing open the jaws of a lion, meant to symbolize Russia's victory over Sweden – whose coat of arms includes a lion – in the Great Northern War.

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