Splish Splash

Here is one in a series of fountains that supplied Machu Picchu’s inhabitants with clean, fresh water. Inca engineers brought water in carefully designed channels from a pair of rain-fed springs almost half a mile away from the first fountain. Each fountain had a spout designed to shape a jet of water that was the perfect size for filling an aryballo, the clay water jug of the ancient Andes. The fountains were linked by stone channels that formed a 180-foot-long cascade of water with a total vertical drop of 65 feet.

 
This cherub doesn’t mind getting wet with blue water, tinted to honor the Kansas City, Missouri, baseball team, which was in the World Series baseball series for the second year in a row.

 
One of the most popular fountains in Kansas City, Missouri, is the Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain on Ward Parkway. The fountain was purchased in Venice, Italy in the early 1920’s and named for the three mythological sea horses perched atop the stone pyramid. The Meyer Circle Fountain is one of many Kansas City fountains that are flowing blue in honor of the Kansas City baseball team’s winning season, including the city’s most famous. Kansas City has more fountains than any city in the world except Rome, Italy, and is officially known as the City of Fountains.

 
Two sweethearts take a break from biking to cool their feet in the water of the J.C. Nichols Fountain on the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri.

 
The Plaza was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. Established in 1922 by J. C. Nichols, the Plaza was designed architecturally after Seville, Spain.

 
The fountain was created in 1858 and is a popular feature in Forsyth Park, the first large public park created in Savannah, Georgia.

 
Kansas City’s Union Station celebrates the Kansas City’s baseball team postseason wins with blue lights and a logo emblazoned over the entry. Opened in 1914, Union Station serves Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding metropolitan area. In 1985, but then was restored, reopening in 1999 as a series of museums and other public attractions. In 2002, Union Station saw its return as a train station when Amtrak began providing public transportation services and has since become Missouri’s second-busiest train station.

 
Tourists watch the Grand Cascade of Peterhof Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. The sculptures are covered in gold. Peterhof is a series of palaces and gardens located in Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the “Russian Versailles”. The palace-ensemble along with the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grand Cascade is modeled on one constructed for Louis XIV at his Château de Marly, which is also modeled in one of the park’s outbuildings. At the center of the cascade is an artificial grotto with two stories, faced inside and out with hewn brown stone. The “purpose” of Peterhof was as a celebration and claim to access to the Baltic Sea. Peterhof was vandalized and nearly destroyed by occupying German forces during World War II. Restoration began immediately after the war.

 

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