If you imagined our city as a lady, she would have a gorgeous necklace made of seven identical fountains spread around in parks and cozy city gardens.
There are five large ones – two in Mariinsky Park, one next to Golden Gate, one in Gonchara park and one by Franko Theatre. Two smaller ones are in a garden near Mykhaylivska Square and in Police Garden on Antonovycha.
They are called Termen’s Fountains after the name of the owner of the factory, where the fountains were produced. The legend says that the architect was inspired by the famous Parisian fountain on Place des Vosges. I wouldn’t argue – the resemblance is pretty obvious. There’s another legend, which I find more amusing – about the mean brigadier, whose face was put on the fountains by the workers as a joke, while he was away from the factory. Every time I pass by one of the fountains, I imagine his anger when he found out and the silent laughter of the workers, and it makes me smile.
In the end of 19th century the fountains served as a source of drinking water for the people and livestock. Nowadays they are merely for the pleasure of for the eye and ear, and some cool on a hot summer day.