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10 phenomenal public fountains

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
The Jet d'Eau in Geneva at sunset

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Jet d'Eau, Geneva, Switzerland

This fountain is one of the most recognizable features of the Swiss city of Geneva. Placed at the confluence of the Rhone River and Lake Geneva, the jet shoots out of the water at more than 120 miles per hour with the liquid arc reaching more than 450 feet in height.

The Jet d'Eau has been a part of Geneva's skyline since the late 19th century, when it was first built using what was then state-of-the-art hydraulic technology (this first fountain was built at a different location from today's fountain). The jet of water is lit at night and is turned on throughout the year, shutting down only in the case of severe frost or high winds.