Taj Mahal, Agra
Like many of the destinations on this list, the fountains at the Taj Mahal were a scientific marvel in their time and required breakthroughs in engineering to make them possible. Beyond the Taj Mahal’s iconic reflecting pool lies lush gardens studded with a myriad of fountains and other water features, all of which are made possible by the ingenious water devices created by the Taj Mahal’s architects.
Buckingham Fountain, Chicago
Fountains may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Chicago, but it is home to one of the world’s largest and most popular ones in Buckingham Fountain. Built in 1927 in the Rococo style, it holds nearly 6M litres of water which it shoots several stories into the air before cascading beautifully over the contours of red marble. Buckingham fountain is operational from mid-April to mid-October and is illuminated with extra splashes of colour in the evening.
Trevi Fountain, Rome
Dream big when you make a wish and put a coin in Rome’s Baroque fontana di Trevi. Doing so is said to ensure that you will return to this magnificent city. Clearly this superstition is a popular one, as more than 3,000 Euros are deposited each day. The funds raised go to feeding the needy.
The Palace of Versailles, Versailles
The Sun King commissioned the ornate fountains of Versailles, which were inaugurated in 1666 and took over a century to construct. The elaborate fountains depicting scenes from mythology are beautiful in their own right, but they are enhanced on weekends when they are synchronized to music. But you don’t have to wait 100 years, or have the wealth of Louis XIV to experience this, thanks to the availability of cheap flight deals on Air Transat.
Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas
Among its many claims to fame, the Bellagio hotel draws visitors from far and wide to enjoy all inclusive vacations and see its amazing fountains, which put on a spectacular show by “dancing” to music. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but that isn’t strictly true, as it seems everyone is talking about this attraction.
Stephanie Spencer is a travel writer.