14 of the Most Stunning Fountains in the World

Most public parks and gardens around the world feature eye-catching and awe-inspiring fountains. Many of such structures or monuments date back to the old days when they serve more practical purposes for the cities’ or towns’ residents. If you enjoy looking at beautiful fountains and watching the waters at play, here are some spectacular fountains in the world you may want to see.

Archibald Fountain
Archibald Fountain
Where: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Highlights: Created by by French sculptor Francois Sicard; features Apollo as a central figure and surrounded by Diana, Pan, and Theseus

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
Where: Seoul, South Korea
Highlights: World’s longest bridge fountain, features different displays of water jets and music at day and night; daytime shows depict willow branches and leaves while the nighttime displays a kaleidoscope of colors that create a rainbow effect

Bellagio Fountains
Bellagio Fountains
Where: Las Vegas, USA
Highlights: A mesmerizing display of water, music, and light; delights visitors with a dazzling show every 15 to 30 minutes

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain
Where: Xian, China
Highlights: The Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain spans over 100,000 square meters and is touted to be the biggest in Asia; equipped with advanced audio and lighting systems, the music fountain makes a spectacular show visitors would enjoy

Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain
Where: Chicago, USA
Highlights: The Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain is inspired by the Latona Fountain located at the Palace of Versailles in France; made with bronze sculptures, granite, and pink Georgia marble; sits at the heart of Grant Park in Chicago

Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain
Where: Dubai, UAE
Highlights: World’s tallest performing fountain located at the Burj Lake; water jets can reach up to 500 feet in the air

Fountain of Wealth
Fountain of Wealth
Where: Suntec City, Singapore
Highlights: Listed at the Guinness Book Of World Records as the largest fountain in the world; built with feng shui influences

La Joute Fountain
La Joute Fountain
Where: Montreal, Canada
Highlights: A kinetic sculpture fountain created by Jean Paul Riopelle, features a Tower of Life showcasing animals and other mythological creatures; a stunning display of a ring of fire that rises that add to the breathtaking display of light and water

Latona Fountain
Latona Fountain
Where: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Highlights: A fountain dedicated to the legend of Latona – the mother of mother of Apollo and Diana; inspired by the story in Book VI of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Highlights: The biggest ornamental fountain in Barcelona and regular site of the Piromusical, sits at the heart of Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina

Merlion
Merlion
Where: Singapore
Highlights: Merlion statue – featuring a lion’s head and a fish’s body – with water coming out of its mouth, Singapore’s iconic landmark

Nations Friendship Fountain
Nations Friendship Fountain
Where: Moscow, Russia
Highlights: A spectacular sight of 16 gold-plated statues that represent former USSR republics

Nine floating Fountains
Nine floating Fountains
Where: Osaka, Japan
Highlights: Created by Isamu Noguchi, depicting “flying” fountains

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain
Where: Rome, Italy
Highlights: Fontana di Trevi is one of the world’s most famous fountain and a must-see attraction when in Rome, the largest Baroque fountain in the city, features an Oceanus sculpture, a traditional “legend” tells that visitors who throw a coin to the Trevi Fountain are most likely to come back again in Rome

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