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Ten Kiev’s fountains: Retro and modern

For centuries fountains where to decorate European capitals and were placed in their down town’s squares, gardens and parks.

The First Kiev’s fountain was put into use in 1870 and was situated at the territory of King’s Square (European Square now).

Today in Kiev coexist as ultra- modern fountains and their historical antecedents as well, which are fraught with mysterious atmosphere of the past centuries.

Despite its age some of the fountains survived almost intact to the present day.

There are 6 fountains of Termen among them.

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-the first one is situated in Golden Gate park, read more here

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-the second one in Maryinsky park

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-the third is near Franko Drama theatre

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-the fourth is at the public garden in the Oles’ Gonchar st.

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and two not so big are
-at the public garden in Mihailovskaya square
-in Police Garden in the Gor’cogo street.

But unfortunately most of the fountains did not experience the historical metamorphosis: were destroyed and dismantled and are forever lost for cultural heritage.

The history of the Termen’s fountains has began more then 150 years from the moment of putting in use citywide plumbing in Kiev. The city authorities have ordered seven fountains of cast to Alexey Termen’s factory. The production of each of the fountains has managed in 6,000 rubles.

A sketch of the first fountain has become a model for creation of the rest of them. The bowl
of the fountain was designed by famous Kiev architect Alexander Schiele. Some historians have tended to assume that model to be copied when creating the first Kiev fountain became famous fountain from the Place des Vosges in Paris. A “twin brother” of the Kiev fountain exists in Nizhny Novgorod where an architect Schiele worked before his visit to Kiev.

An interesting fact: at the past fountains were the source for the industrial needs of the city and were a kind of water tanks. Each interested person could take the water out of the fountain for their own needs, the six buckets price was only one kopek.(Russian coin), also it was allowed to drink a livestock to drink a water, the price for each was 1 kopek. To drink for citizens was free of charge.

During the Soviet times there was a modernization of the fountains and they started to perform exceptionally decorative aesthetic function.

A singing fountain in the Kreshchatik
In comparison to its predecessors this fountain is much younger. It is a little more than 30 years old, but it did experience significant metamorphoses during past few years, which did coast 4 millions grn. So now it is a singing fountain for sure. When it gets dark and city takes the velvet cover of the evening, exactly at 20.30 there is starts a performance, colored lights to light up and fountain begins its dance with classical instrumental music. Jet reaches a maximum height of 15 meters. It is situated near the central department store.

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Thumbelina fountain
One of the most fabulous fountains in the city. It situated near puppet Theatre. The central composition is a bronze fountain- flower with uncover petals where sits a graceful girl-the heroine of the fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. A backlight turns in the evening and water in the fountain starts to shimmer by different colors. It’s a truly a fabulous show.

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Fountain of wishes
On the wall of an elite Kiev hotel Intercontinental is a fountain of wishes it was called so by city dwellers. Architectural composition consists of 21 bronze cups with image of the goddess Nike, each of them is gilded. There is a griffin’s head upon each cup from the jaws of which water flows. The youth is considered a good omen to throw a coin into the fountain of desires.

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Fountain-the pear
This uncommon fountain is situated near metro station Posnyaki. Fountain is made of
stainless steel, the height is 4 meters, it is created by the project of Kiev schoolboys. The idea was realized by a famous sculptor Alexey Zolotorev. In the summer this pear turns into music-light fountain.

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