Fountains have been across history the heart element of many gardens, squares and symbolic places. By using modern technology, visionary architects have created many spectacular fountains worth millions. These fountains highlight the beauty of the areas with their decoration and capture our hearts. Here are the ten most expensive fountains in the world.
10. Buckingham Fountain: $750,000
Located in the center of Grant Park, Chicago, The Buckingham Fountain is one beautiful landmark. One of the largest fountains in the world, the Buckingham Fountain was introduced in 1927. It is built in a Rocky Rococo style similar to a wedding cake. It is inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles and meant to represent Lake Michigan.
9. Multimedia Fountain Roshen: $1.5 Million
The one and only multimedia fountain in Ukraine and also the largest floating fountain in Europe, the Multimedia Fountain Roshen was inaugurated on 4 September 2011. It’s multimedia shows combine water effects, lasers, 3D projection on the water screen and music and it cost around $1.5 Million to make.
8. The Fountain Of Wealth: $6 Million
The Fountain of Wealth cost $6 Million to create in 1995 and was recognized as the World’s Largest Fountain in 1998 by the Guinness Book of World Records. Located in Suntec City, one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls, when The Fountain Of Wealth is turned off, visitors are welcomed to walk around a mini fountain at the heart of the fountain’s base, three times for good fortune.
7. Jet d’Eau: $800,000 Per Year
One of the world’s highest fountains, the Jet d’Eau is located in Geneva, Switzerland. Reportedly, $ 800,000 is spent annually as its maintenance price. It was inaugurated in 1891and is one of the famous landmarks of the city. Five hundred liters of the lake water per second are jetted to an altitude of 140 meters at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour.
6. King Fahd’s Fountain:
5. Archibald Fountain:
The Archibald Fountain is regarded as one of the most expensive fountains in the world, located in Hyde Park, Sydney. The fountain is named after J. F. Archibald who was the owner and editor of The Bulletin magazine and also granted funds to build it. The fountain was revealed on 14 March 1932 and considered to be one of the most expensive fountains in the world.
4. Bellagio Fountain: $40 Million
It is said, that the Bellagio Fountain cost between $40 million and $75 million to make and $300,000 to $400,000 is spent in a month on it to operate. The Bellagio Fountain is located in Las Vegas, USA and it’s choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music coordinated with more than 4,500 lights. It was inaugurated in 1998.
3. The Dubai Fountain: $218 Million
The Dubai Fountain is set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, Dubai and it is the largest choreographed fountain system in the world. The Dubai Fountain is designed by the same company that designed the Bellagio Fountain, called WET Design. The fountain is 275 m long and fires water up to 500 ft and is decorated by 6,600 lights. The fountain was built with a cost of $218 million and was inaugurated on 8 May 2009.
2. Grand Cascade Fountain:
The Grand Cascade fountain is one of the most expensive and magnificent fountains in the world. It is placed in The Peterhof Palace which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Russia. Built in 1721, there are 64 fountains and all of the fountains operate without the use of pumps. Reportedly, The Grand Cascade fountain’s annual maintenance price is also among the highest.
1. Moonlight Rainbow Fountain: $20 Billion
Constructed with approximately $20 billion in 2009, the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is the most expensive fountain in the world. It is set on the Banpo Bridge, downtown Seoul over the Han River, South Korea. It is the world’s longest bridge fountain and has set the Guinness World Record with approximately 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides that are 1,140m long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute.