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Sophia Loren once said: “There is a fountain of youth.”

The glamorous actress explained the fountain of youth as follows: ” It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

Similarly, some water fountains are the ultimate resemblance in creativity, an idea in a mind that came to life, and in doing so, touches the lives of people without boundaries.  

I find when I spend time at a fountain I forget about time and age, and I find myself enjoying every moment as if I was still a little child. It’s a destresser of note!

So with all that said, let’s have a look at some of the world’s most spectacular mountains. When you are in any of these places of interest, I hope you enjoy the fountains just as much!

Jet d’Eau, Geneva

Although the selection of fountains is not in any particular priority, I must admit Geneva’s 140-meter high fountain just does it for me. I guess it’s the simplicity of shooting out about seven tons of water at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour. An incredible show of power! The fountain is in operation since 1951, weather permitted.

Fountain Lake Geneva

The Water Boat, Valencia

Also known as “Fuente del Barco de Agua” in Spanish, this “boat” is an example of joyful creativity. Who would have thought a few rods with liquid jets can result in such an amazing crystal clear boat.

Photo Credit: Peter Burgess/Wikimedia Commons
Fountain Boat Valencia Spain Wikimedia Commons Peter Burgess

Fountain of Joy, Kolkata

With all the waves dancing to the music this is indeed a joyful place of interest.

Despite the initial controversy surrounding the musical water feature’s construction, it was finally opened in 2012. It sits in Maidan Park near the Victoria Memorial. The initial controversy was due to the vast contrast between the high running costs of the lavish water feature versus the level of poverty of the surrounding community. 

Photo Credit: Slunia/Wikimedia Commons
Kolkata Fountain

World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.

Fifty-six granite pillars surround an impressive pool. Each pillar represents one of the U.S. states at the time of WWII. The two water jets always look like candles to me, i.e. in honor of those who gave their lives, and in the hope of, and maintaining, future peace.

Wwii Memorial Dc War World Military Usa Monument FOUNTAIN

The Trevi, Rome

Commissioned by Pope Clement XII way back in 1730 this water feature sure can tell stories. If only it could talk! The coins tossed into the basin (see our article Fun Facts about Rome) is put aside to help the needy. 

Italy Rome Fontana di Trevi

The Apollo, Versailles

The Palace of Versailles (about 37 km from Paris) is the host of this lavish bronze scene illustrating the story of the Greek god Apollo, dating back to 1671. When in battle he was deadly with the bow and arrow.

Apollo Fountain Versailles Paris France

Banpo Moonlight Rainbow, Seoul

Since 2009, it sits in South Korea and holds a Guinness World record for being “the world’s longest bridge fountain”. You will be mesmerized by its luminous shows. 

Korea Seoul Han River Night View Fountain

People’s Friendship Fountain, Moscow

Also known as Fontan “Druzhba Narodov” this enormous basin of 3700 square meters decorated with 16 gold plated statues, was erected in 1954.

The sculptures represent the different nationalities and former Republics of the USSR.

Enea Peoples Friendship Fountain Moscow Russia