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10+ Most Impressive Fountains In The World

While many of us have probably heard of some fountains like the Trevi Fountain in Rome, or the famous Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas (you must’ve seen it in movies at least), apparently there are some even cooler looking fountains around the globe just waiting to be discovered.

From Stockholm to Sunderland, from China to Peru, this list stitched together by the guys at Bored Panda showcases some of the quirkiest, the cleverest, and the most beautiful fountains in the world. Some rotate. Others light up. A few even seem to defy gravity. But one thing they all have in common is that they’re sure to leave you in awe.Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Like what you see? Then click

Let us know which one’s your favorite! And if you like those, then make sure to check out these kinetic bronze sculptures that are completed by flowing water.

#1 Water Boat Fountain, Valencia, Spain

Image source: Alfredo Castillo (Tato Fredy)

#2 Vortex Fountain ‘Charybdis’, Sunderland, UK

Image source: William Pye

#3 Magic Tap, Cadiz, Spain

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#4 Osaka Station Fountain-Clock, Osaka, Japan

Image source: ゴリモン

#5 ‘The Mustangs Of Las Colinas’, Texas, USA

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#6 Banpo Bridge, Seoul, South Korea

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#7 Giant – Entrance To The Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds), Wattens, Austria

Image source: Edgar Moskopp

#8 ‘The Divers Fountain’, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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#9 ‘Nine Floating Fountains’, Osaka, Japan

Image source: Isamu Noguchi

#10 Fountain ‘Metalmorphosis’, Charlotte, USA

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11 Ancient Roman Structures 2000 Years Ago And Now

You can’t deny that Rome is one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities in Europe, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. And even after about 2,000 years of wars, disasters and looters ravaging its buildings, the unique ancient Roman architecture that still survives to this day is definitely something that will leave you in awe. Scroll down to see how some of the most iconic pieces of Roman architecture looked in their golden years!

#1 Colosseum

The Colosseum is without a doubt the most famous ancient structure in Rome, still standing strong after 2000 years. During its glory days, this giant amphitheater used to hold up to 80,000 people who came to watch gladiator battles, executions, and dramas. And even though a hefty part of the Colosseum was destroyed throughout the years, it still remains one of the most visited tourist attractions of Rome.

#2 Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is a grand plaza in the heart of Rome. Only the ruins remain of what was once important government buildings of the old empire. It was one of the city’s most important commercial hubs, a place where public speeches were given and served as an inspiration to many artists and architects.

#3 Stadium Of Domitian (Piazza Navona)

The Stadium of Domitian was built in AD 80 as a gift to the Roman people from emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus. When the Colosseum suffered fire damage in AD 217, the gladiator battles were moved here. As the Roman Empire’s power diminished, the stadium was used as housing for the poor and eventually was torn apart for building materials. Nowadays Piazza Navona stands in place of the old stadium.

#4 Circus Maximus

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The Circus Maximus was a stadium where chariot races, public games, and religious festivals used to be held. It measured 621 m (2,037 ft) in length and 118 m (387 ft) in width. It could hold a whopping 150,000 people and was the largest stadium in ancient Rome. Nowadays the stadium no longer stands and a public park lies in its place.

#5 Temple Of Saturn

This temple, built under Tarquinius Superbus in 497 BC, was, as the name suggests, dedicated to the god Saturn. Throughout the years, the temple suffered many disasters, like being destroyed by a fire. It was eventually rebuilt but never regained its former glory. An inscription lies on the pediment: “The Senate and People of Rome restored [the temple] consumed by fire.”

#6 Temple Of Venus And Roma

The Temple of Venus and Roma, built in AD 135, was once the largest temple in Ancient Rome. It was located right next to the Colosseum on the Velian Hill and was dedicated to goddesses Venus Felix and Roma Aeterna. Historians believe that the temple was destroyed by an earthquake sometime in the 9th century. Eventually, Pope Leo IV ordered a church to be built in its place and only a few columns of the former temple remain.

#7 Mausoleum Of Hadrian (Castel Sant’Angelo)

The Castel Sant’Angelo, located in Parco Adriano, was commissioned by Emperor Hadrian. It was built between AD 134 and 139 and was supposed to serve as a mausoleum to the emperor and his family. The emperor’s ashes were placed inside in AD 138 and the tradition of laying all emperor’s ashes to rest here was born. In later years, the Mausoleum was used as a fortress by popes and nowadays serves as a museum.

#8 Roman Forum From The Tabularium

During its golden days, the Tabularium used to house the offices of many city officials. Surprisingly, even though nearly 2,000 years have passed since it was built, its great corridor still remains partially intact.

#9 Theatre Of Marcellus, Temple Of Bellona And Temple Of Apollo Sosianus

The Theatre of Marcellus was built in 13 BC and served as a place where people could come watch performances. Some sections of the theatre still remain intact to this day. Sadly, we can’t say the same thing about the Temple of Bellona and Temple of Apollo Sosianus – only three columns remain of the latter temple.

#10 The Basilica Of Santi Cosma E Damiano

The Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano was commissioned by Emperor Maxentius in honor of his son Valerius Romulus, who died in 309. The building was later Christianized in 527 and dedicated to the Sancti Cosma et Damianus. A large part of the structure remains intact to this day and is now a popular tourist attraction.

#11 Temple Of Castor And Pollux And Temple Of Caesar

The Temple of Castor and Pollux was built in 495 BC to commemorate the victory of the Battle of Lake Regillus and served as a meeting place for the Roman Senate. Sadly, not much of it survived to this day – all that is left are a few columns and a few other fragments. The Temple of Caesar, built in 29 BC, was dedicated to Julius Caesar, making him the first Roman resident to have a temple built in his honor.

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40 Photographs By Steve McCurry That Explore The Relationship Between Humans And Animals

Even if you’re not an avid fan of photography, you’ve probably seen some of photographer Steve McCurry’s work. He’s the same photographer who took the legendary Afghan Girl photograph that appeared on the June 1985 issue of National Geographic magazine. Throughout the years, the photographer has published many books and now he’s back again with a new one simply titled “Animals”. In his latest publication, Steve explores the complex relationship between humans and animals, and some of the photos look simply magical.

“The idea of photographing animals and people may have been planted in my mind since I was first starting out as a young photographer. My sister gave me my first photo book, Son of Bitch, a collection of pictures of dogs and their humans by the great photographer and friend Elliott Erwitt. It was the first time I saw a book on animals with humor, pathos, and wonderful storytelling,” said the photographer in a recent interview with Bored Panda. He says animals are one of his favorite subjects to shoot as they are completely unpredictable. “Animals are in constant motion, have a mind of their own and rarely pay any attention to directions from a photographer,” added McCurry.

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Image source: Steve McCurry

Kathmandu, Nepal

The photographer shared some of his experiences working in Kuwait after the first Gulf War. He says it was a surreal and unforgettable experience. “There were 600 oil fields burning, panicked and starved animals were wandering about, and the landscape was dotted with dead Iraqi soldiers. It was heartbreaking to see these animals, which we were supposed to be guardians of. Those animals that escaped slaughter were abandoned and left to wander the streets looking for food and shelter,” said McCurry. He says the photograph he took there is his best work in the entire book.


Image source: Steve McCurry

Altai Region, Mongolia

Another one of the photographer’s favorite shots is the one he took in Thailand. “I photographed this novice monk studying Buddhist writings in the late afternoon at a monastery in Aranyaprathet, Thailand, near the border with Cambodia. I watched the changing light as the monks went about both the mundane and sacred duties of their day,” recalled the McCurry. “With the simple use of wood and fabric, of shades of saffron from mustard gold to deep orange, their environment was serene. The patient cat completed the scene of contemplation and peace.”


Image source: Steve McCurry


McCurry says it is his hope that people will see animals as intelligent beings that deserve our love and respect. “In most cases, our pets are totally dependent on us for their survival and safety. It’s our duty to protect them like our own children. Since we often create a special bond with certain animals, I would hope people should treat them with the care they deserve,” concluded the photographer.

Check out his amazing photographs of humans and animals in the gallery below!


Image source: Steve McCurry

Bamiyan, Afghanistan


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Rome, Italy


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Varanasi, India


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Tonle Sap, Cambodia


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Chiang Mai, Thailand


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Kham Litang, Tibet


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Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan


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Magdeburg, Germany


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Bombay, India


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Jaipur, India


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Aranyaprathet, Thailand


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Omo Valley, Ethiopia


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Al Ahmadi, Kuwait


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Chiang Mai, Thailand


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Mandalay, Myanmar


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Chennai, India


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Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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Near Samyr, Tibet


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Chaco, Paraguay


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Bentota, Sri Lanka


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These Hotel Frescoes Are Worthy of the Sistine Chapel

If these hotel walls could talk, they’d paint you a picture.

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