The Geneva Water Fountain or Jet d'Eau literally means 'water jet'. It is a huge Fountain on the Geneva Lake, in the city of Geneva, Switzerland. The Geneva Water Fountain is one of the tallest fountains in the world. Originally, in 1886 the fountain was built to control and release the excess pressure of a hydraulic plant at La Coulouvrenière. Shortly after, it became a remarkable symbol of the city and so it was amplified and relocated to the center of the Lake.
The presence of the Fountain gives the power to the place, every time you look at the majesty you are reminded that you are in a powerful and well-organized country.
Soon after being finished, the fountain became the symbol of strength, ambition and vitality and one of the most exquisite sites of Geneva and Switzerland. The strong engines of the fountain pumps 500 liters of water per second to the height of 140 meters.
The history of the Geneva's Giant Water Fountain has a particular charm, since this attraction became an exquisite site by chance. During the 19th century, the city of Geneva experienced very rapid development during which the population of the city almost doubled. With the growing population, the water requirements were growing exponentially, so the city had no choice but to construct a hydraulic plant in 1886. But when the plant’s workers left the site in the evening, they would shut off the valves, with the result that the pressure grew dangerously and placed the turbines at a risk of damage. To alleviate this danger, a safety valve was created to release the excess water and to reduce the pressure. This safety jet of water then reached 30 meters in height and rapidly became a source of curiosity and interest for many Genevans.
But it wasn’t until 5 years later, in 1891, that the Geneva Water Fountain would start to be used as an attraction and decorative symbol for the city. To celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation, the city of Geneva decided to make use of its tourism potential by installing it at the end of the Eaux-Vives jetty by the shore of Lake Geneva. And so the Geneva’s The Great Water Fountain, the city’s 90-meter-high icon, was born.
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