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Jet d’Eau

E2 Off Quai Gustave-Ador

Standing isolated on a jetty on the south bank of Lake Geneva, the Jet d’Eau is the world’s highest fountain, shooting a plume of water 140 m (460 ft) into the air, at a rate of 500 litres (110 gallons) per second and a speed of 200 km per hour (125 mph). It came into existence almost by accident.

In the late 19th century a purely functional fountain was set up to relieve excess water pressure while a reservoir system was being installed. The fountain was so popular that the authorities decided to construct a permanent fountain, which became more spectacular as more powerful pumps were installed. Visible from afar and floodlit after dark, ...

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