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Geneva - Jet D'eau

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One of the most impressive sights in Geneva is the gigantic water fountain known as the Jet D'eau. It can be seen from almost anywhere in the city and is a big tourist attraction.

500 liters of water are propelled up to a height of 140 meters and at a speed of 200 km per hour.

It really started out life, in 1886, as a safety feature for a hydro power generator. As demand for high pressure water wasn't high at night a safety valve was used to diminish the pressure at that time.

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In 1891, recognizing its potential as a tourist attraction the city moved it to its present location in a more exposed part of the lake where it awes thousands of tourists each year.

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Photo credits: Maria Carme Balcells, Mikhail Basov, Alistair Scott, Abdul Sami Haqqani.

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August 28, 2007


Interesting background - I just visited with family a couple of weeks ago. May have to upload some images...

August 28, 2007


It looks awesome.

August 27, 2007


Beautiful! I love the one on the right with the rainbow - 2436137.

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