10 Beautiful Fountains Around the World (Besides Trevi)

Rome doesn't have a monopoly on beautiful fountains! Here are 10 more wondrous water features worth adding to your bucket list.

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The Archibald Fountain

This fountain in Sydney, Australia, commemorates the alliance between France and Australia during the First World War. The sculptures, which are all taken from Greek mythology, represent harmony and self-sacrifice.

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The Unisphere

This steel globe was created for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, USA. Weighing in at 350 tonnes and surrounded by a series of single water-jet fountains, the Unisphere offers visitors a chance to cool off on hot summer days. There are plans afoot to create an entire water park with the fountain as its centrepiece. Check out more free things to do in New York City on your next vacation.

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The Warsaw Fountain

Of all the fountains in the Jardin du Trocadéro in Paris, France, the highlight is the Warsaw Fountain with its 20 water cannons shooting water a distance of roughly 50 metres. Together with 56 smaller fountains and a dozen water columns, it also augments a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. Here are 10 more essential things to do in Paris.

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The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Water, light and colour—the Magic Fountain in the south of Barcelona, Spain, certainly lives up to its name. An amazing 3,620 jets of water and 4,760 lights are synchronized with a musical score, creating this single gigantic fountain with its magical radiance.

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The Villa d’Este

This garden really packs a punch! The Villa d’Este in Tivoli near Rome, Italy, is home to around 500 different fountains. The biggest and most impressive of them all is the Neptune Fountain, with its water jets on different levels shooting up several metres into the air. The deafeningly loud display delights countless numbers of tourists every year.

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Dubai Mall Waterfall

A waterfall in the middle of a shopping centre? That could only happen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates—at least on this kind of scale! The Dubai Mall Waterfall is as tall as the shopping centre itself, cascading down all four levels. Particularly impressive are the more than a dozen lifelike fibreglass sculptures plunging headfirst into the pool.

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The Fountain of Wealth

Many fountains promise to bring visitors good luck, as long as they are willing to make an offering, or rather a small donation. In Singapore however, anyone seeking their fortune and happiness has only to place their hand into the water and walk three times around the Fountain of Wealth. Built according to the rules of feng shui, its inwardly flowing waters are said to award wealth and prosperity rather than demand the very change from your pockets.

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The Friendship of Nations Fountain

Designed to create of national identity, the Friendship of Nations Fountain in Moscow, Russia, glorifies the 16 countries of the former Soviet Union. Each statue depicts a woman wearing her country’s national dress. They stand around a giant golden wheat sheaf and about 800 water jets before the All-Russia Exhibition Centre—truly spectacular!

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Fountains of Bellagio

Spanning more than 1,000 feet in length and shooting more than 460 feet in the air, the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, USA, are a sight to behold. Every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday and every 15 minutes on weekends, visitors can watch a unique light and musical show to a variety of music from classical, opera, Broadway to pop tunes. Each performance is uniquely choreographed, so you’ll never see the same one twice!

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Giant Wild Goose Pagoda Fountain

Built during the Tang dynasty, the five-story Buddhist Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is one of Xian, China’s most beautiful attractions. It holds Asia’s largest musical fountain in its yards, which plays the beautiful Water Phantom of Tang symphony, and visitors can catch a spectacular light show after dark.

Originally Published in Readers Digest International Edition

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