What Is The Jet d’Eau?
The Jet d’Eau is a big fountain in the city of Geneva, in the country of Switzerland. It is one of the well-known and internationally famous landmarks that the city has to offer, and it is featured on the official website for tourism for the city. It is also one of the biggest fountains in the world. It is located at the point where Lake Geneva runs into the Rhone, and it is visible all throughout Geneva and from the air, even when you are flying over the city at an altitude of 33,000 feet.
More than 500 liters of water each second are jetted up to an altitude of about 460 feet by two pumps. When the fountain is in operation, at any moment, there are roughly 1,850 gallons of water in the air. Unsuspecting sightseers at the fountain – which can be gotten to by a stone jetty from the lake’s left bank – could be surprised to find themselves covered in water if there is a minor change in the direction of the wind.
The first Jet d’Eau was put in in 1886 a little further downstream from where it currently is now. It was at that time used as a safety valve for a hydraulic power network and could get up to a height of about 100 feet. In the late 1890s, a lot of citizens started to pay attention to the aesthetic value of it, and it was then moved to where it is now to celebrate a gymnastics festival and an anniversary of Switzerland, and it was operated for the first time then. Its maximum height was about 300 feet. The current Jet d’Eau was put in in 1951 in a somewhat submerged pumping station to pump lake water as opposed to city water.
Since the year 2003, the fountain has operated all throughout the day all throughout the year, except in cases of extremely strong wind or frost. It is also in operation in the evening between the spring and autumn, and it is lit up by a set of a dozen lights.
If you’re in Geneva, Switzerland, you absolutely can’t miss this major tourist site. This fountain is one of the most beautiful locations in Geneva, and you would be remiss if you didn’t return home with some pictures of it.
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