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10 unique fountains around the world

From brilliant, symbolic architecture to fantastic fountain shows, these beautifully crafted water works seem like pure wizardry. Here are 10 famous fountains around the world that really make a splash.

Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy

This is probably the most famous water fountain in the world. According to local legend, any visitor who throws in a coin will one day return to Rome – an estimated 3,000 euros are thrown in each day.

Prometheus Fountain - New York

This is one of the most recognizable sights associated with New York City, seen front and center at every Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting just below the massive spruce.

Fountains of the Parc de Versailles - France

The gardens of Versailles are famous for their musical fountains. There are nearly a dozen of them, each inspired by famous characters in mythology, such as Bacchus, Saturn and Apollo.

Jet d'Eau - Geneva, Switzerland

Jet d'Eau on Lake Geneva shoots 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.

Buckingham Fountain - Chicago, Illinois

Built in 1927, it remains one of the largest fountains in the world. It was designed to symbolize Lake Michigan, with its four sea horses representing the four states that border the lake.

Moonlight Rainbow Fountain - Seoul, South Korea

Banpo Bridge is home to the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the longest bridge fountain in the world. Nearly 10,000 LED nozzles are affixed to both sides of the bridge.

Dubai Fountain - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The world's tallest performing fountain – fittingly situated in front of the world's tallest building – can shoot water up to 500 feet in the air.

World War II Memorial Fountain - Washington, DC

Located in the National Mall, the fountain was first dedicated in 2004 in honor of the men and women who served in the armed forces during World War II.

Magic Fountain of Montjuic - Barcelona, Spain

Originally built for the 1929 World Fair, the waters of this fountain are lit up in different colors and dance to music during evenings, Thursday through Sunday.

Fountains of Peterhof Palace - St. Petersburg, Russia

Known as the Russian Versailles, Peterhof Palace has its own set of magnificent fountains on the palace grounds near St. Petersburg.

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