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Another glorious sunny day here in Glasgow. We’re sure many of you are planning a trip to your local park, perhaps meeting up with friends or family for the first time in a while. So this week’s #glasgowbuildingoftheweek is a bit’s not a building, it’s a fountain! Image
The Saracen Fountain in Alexandra Park, Dennistoun, was designed by David Watson Stevenson and manufactured by Walter Macfarlane & Co. at their Saracen foundry. It was commissioned as Macfarlane’s principal exhibit at the International Exhibition at Kelvingrove Park in 1901.
Macfarlane’s then gifted the fountain to the city and it was relocated to th Park in 1914. It stands 40ft tall. It’s central tower is based on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens. There are 4 seated figures on the pedestals around the base. (
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ROTOLO n.1 – Public Fountains in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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#fountain #herculaneum #pompeii #architecture #arquitectura #RomanEmpire
Public fountains were execptionally important for every urbanized civilization.
They served an important logistic and social function, located in the most strategic places to relieve the thirst of the people walking by, supplied by the local aquaduct. (pic thru @wrathofgnon)
@wrathofgnon Water was supplied through mighty infrastructures (here, Aqua Claudia – the 8th aquaduct built), and canalized along very long distances, thanks to the deep insight Romans had over hydraulics.
Romans built their aquaducts with a slope of 0,00034%, which is 34 cm/Km.
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