Spectacular Fountains from Around the World

While fountains were originally used as a source for water and for bathing, already in ancient Rome they started to be used as decorative elements in gardens and courtyards.

From the beautiful world famous Fontana di Trevi in Rome to the Jet D’eau in Geneva, these fountains vary greatly in design from the very old traditional styles to the ultra contemporary.

These wonderful architectural pieces continue to attract crowds and inspire millions around the world.

In this post, we’ve compiled some of the most spectacular fountains from around the world, for your enjoyment and inspiration.

Feel free to post links to others and share them at the end of this post.

 

The Archibald Fountain – Sydney, Australia

 

Bayliss Park Fountain – Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA

 

Bellagio Fountain – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Fountains – Xian City, China

 

The Buckingham Memorial Fountain – Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

Crown Fountain – Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

Dillingham Fountain – Ithaca, New York, USA

 

Dolphin Fountain – Costa Del Sol, Spain

 

Electric Fountain – Denver, Colorado, USA

 

Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show -Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


 

Five Rivers Fountain of Lights – Dayton, Ohio, USA

 

Fontaines de la Concorde – Paris, France

 

The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi – Rome, Italy

 

Fort Worth Water Gardens – Forth Worth, Texas, USA

 

The Fountain of Wealth – Singapore

 

Frisco Square Fountain – Frisco Square, Texas, USA

 

Heartland of America Park – Omaha, Nebraska, USA

 

Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain – Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

Jet d’Eau – Geneva, Switzerland

 

Julie Penrose Fountain – Colorado Springs, Colarado, USA

 

King Fahd’s Fountain – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

 

The Magic Fountain of Montjuic – Barcelona, Spain

 

Mall of Dubai Fountain – Dubai

 

Mulholland Memorial Fountain – Los Angeles, California, USA

 

‘Oklahoma Bombing’ Fountain – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

 

Oval Fountain – Tivoli, Italy

 

People’s Friendship Fountain – Moscow, Russia

 

Pineapple Fountain – Charleston, South Carolina, USA

 

Pyramid Fountain – Lima, Peru

 

Ross Fountain – Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

 

Ponte Dom Luís – Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

 

Tanner Fountain – Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

 

The Grand Cascade – Saint Petersburg, Russia

 

The Meeting of the Waters – St. Louis, Missouri, USA

 

The Mirage – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 

The Unisphere – Queens, New York, USA

 

Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy

 

Untermeyer Fountain – New York, New York, USA

 

Vaillancourt Fountain – San Francisco, California, USA

 

Volcano Fountain – Dhubai

 

Woodward Fountain – Detroit, Michigan, USA


Compiled exclusively for WDD by Zoe Ajiboye.

Which ones did you find the most inspiring? Which other fountains do you like?

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  • http://einfachanimation.de/blog/ Jessica Koppe

    Thanks for the spectacular compilation. Since you added some of the more “quiet” fountains as well, I’d like to introduce the Fountaine Igor Stravinsky, Paris. It’s not as spectacular in the sense of your article (which focusses on the visuals) but it is for its artistic approach in general.

    In front of the Centre Georges-Pompidou in Paris, the artist’s couple Jean Tingely and Niki de Saint-Phalles designed mechanical sculptures which do all the “fountain work”. Stravinsky was a Russian music composer which is why the sculptures generate different kind of sounds when the water moves and hits the different surfaces. Their idea was to remind the audience of Stravinsky’s music by this.

    If you’re interested, read more about the fountain in the French wikipedia and see some pictures at Google images.

  • http://www.squiders.com Web Design Kent

    I was amazed at hoe many of these I knew, King Fahd’s Fountain is awe inspiring in its grandeur

  • http://vandriessche-interieur.be/ Interieurinrichting

    The Untermeyer Fountain is very original, never saw one like it. Good post

  • http://trimbakeshwar.in KESHAVSING

    NICE COLORS OF WATER…ITS GOOD INSPIRATION FOR ARCHITECTS…

  • http://www.persoenlichkeitsentwicklung-seminare-trainings-vortraege.de/ Oliver Rumpf

    Geat, I love water and the nice colors too

  • http://www.greenandchic.com Carla | Green and Chic

    The Frisco Square Fountain one looks amazing! Thanks for putting this list together.

  • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

    A weird and wonderful collection. Nice bit of inspiration for me before I start work. Thanks :)

  • http://www.konoro.org Dominic Watson

    Not got a great picture myself but what about the Merman fountain in Valletta, Malta? Probably nothing on any of these fountains but I guess its a little different.

  • Dex

    Some very cool fountains. Julie Penrose Fountain and Jet d’Eau are my favourites.

    But, last thing I heard, was that Las Vegas would have in the future or already has a water problem. Ironic 3 fountains in this list are located in Las Vegas.

  • Jojo

    Very impressive but you missed the best ones who are located in france, in the versailles’gardens.

  • http://kawalodesign.com Rodel

    Wow!!! Great Compilation!!!Thanks for sharing…

  • http://www.alan-horne.com Alan

    They all look great.

    My friend was in the fountain in Barcelona, not sure if thats allowed. :P

  • Alice

    One of my favorite is not here. It’s not spectacular, but very original: th ‘fontaine moussue’ (moss-covered fountain) in Aix-en-Provence, France. there a link is you want to see it : http://travel.webshots.com/photo/1185023474032925080mrXLZl

  • Brick House

    Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains and is rumored to have more fountains than Rome. With over 250 fountains around town, they are everywhere you look. From the famed JC Nichols Fountain and the Children’s Fountain, to the Muse of Missouri and fountains that run red during football season–fountains are everywhere in Kansas City, you just have to stop and look.

    http://kansascity.about.com/od/entertainmentattractions/ig/Kansas-City-Fountain-Gallery/

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    Wonderful collection man. I never see thats photos even from internet before. Thank you.

  • http://www.webcreationuk.com/ Web Developers

    I am just speechless mate, if I had to pick one to visit, be sure my decision would be the toughest one EVER! :)

  • http://laira.pathseek.info/ Laira

    Such a fabulous collection of amazing pictures The volcano fountain of Dubai very nice. Thanks for sharing us wonderful pictures

  • http://www.sametomorrow.com/blog adam

    Good post some interesting fountains for sure.

  • User

    Moscow, Russia – http://g1b2i3.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/bolshoi-theatre.jpg near Bolshoi Theatre

  • http://pagegardens.com/ Page Gardens

    San Fran’s wins hands down.

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    This beautiful article really made me wanna travel the world :-)

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  • Ulrich

    The Dillingham Fountain that is stated to be in Hawaii is actually at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, USA

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Fixed, thanks.

  • Moo

    dillingham fountains are in Ithaca, NY. not hawaii. They are at Ithaca College

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Corrected, thanks…

  • http://www.infopunta.com Punta del Este

    Wow all are fantastic, but i loved the The Archibald Fountain – Sydney, Australia is great! very symbolic.

  • http://smashing.co.za/ Ty @ Smashing Web Development

    Love the Crown Fountain, thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.e11world.com e11world

    They’re all pretty amazing. I love the pyramid and volcano ones

  • Rob

    Can not believe the Mustangs of Las Colinsa were not included. To stand there and see those magnificant Mustangs chrging across the Plaza and pond is amazing ! http://www.mustangsoflascolinas.com/ http://irving-texas-home-of-the-dallas-cowboys.visit-dallas.com/mustangs-las-colinas-irving-night.jpg

  • http://unexpectedways.net/7-tips-for-choosing-a-great-designer-by-an-atlanta-graphic-designer/ Atlanta Graphic Designer

    The Julie Penrose Fountain and the frozen one from NYC are pretty spectacular. I haven’t thought about fountains in a really long time, and haven’t seen any showcasing of them online, so I appreciate this collection. It’s quite inspiring to look at.

    Lou

  • http://www.milandesign.sg Max

    Great images! thanks for sharing.

  • Lester

    A Belgian famous fountain in Brussels
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manneken-pis

  • http://www.fuzzimo.com/ fuzzimo

    pretty neat fountains. thanks!

  • http://www.seopack.com.au Jaco

    These fountains are very interesting. Most especially if its design includes light in it. That’s absolutely perfect during night time.

  • http://www.smarajit.com smarajit

    Wow, most of ‘em are breathtaking

  • http://www.montpellierinteractive.com Web Design Cheltenham

    The one in Vegas has to be the most iconic, though the peruvian one is cool. Actually a really good one, right here in Cheltenham, maybe next time!?

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    Great post, I like it…

  • http://shikebali.co.cc Shikeb Ali

    You have missed the 3rd highest fountain of the world, KPT Fountain at Karachi, Pakistan. It goes 620 feet high in height way higher than Jet d’Eau in Switzerland.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/altamash/129997274/

    http://www.blindloop.com/index.php/2009/12/5-tallest-fountains-of-the-world/

  • http://www.offenmarkt.com Megha

    All the photos you have uploaded are just awesome. The picture shared in this post are so bright and colorful that I have saved each of them so that whenever I will like I can see it.