20 Mar 5 of the most impressive water gardens
Here you have it, the top 5 list of the most impressive water gardens in the world!
Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Italy
Topping the number one on our list is the picturesque Villa d’Este situated 30 km away from Rome. Villa d’Este owes its origins to Cardinal Ippolto II d’Este who had the idea of setting a garden below his palace. The Villa d’Este consists of a palace and a garden, the latter being a testament to the Renaissance culture at its zenith. The site was erected in the 16th century and set the tone for the development of water gardens in the rest of Europe: the designs of the Jardin de Tivoli in Paris and the Tivoli in Copenhagen were largely influenced by the Italian garden. Villa d’Este is also in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Monet’s Gardens, Giverny, France
As the name implies the garden belongs to one of the founding fathers of impressionism, Claude Monet, who reflected and transposed the beauty of his Giverny estate in his famous paintings. In particular, his Water Lilies series were inspired by the water garden. Monet’s water garden was arranged ten years after his arrival at Giverny; he drew inspiration from the Japanese gardens to design his own. The famous French painter would keep using the water garden as a source of inspiration for more than twenty years.
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Tokyo, Japan
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Tokyo are best known as one of the best traditional gardens in Japan. The garden encompasses the key elements that make up a traditional Japanese garden, namely, spaciousness, picturesque views, heritage, quietude, abundant water, and subtlety of design. In fact, the gardens’ name itself, Kenroku-en, translates as “garden of the six sublimities.” It should be noted that Kanazawa gets freezing cold in winter: if you happen to visit the garden during this time of the year, you’ll witness ‘yukitsuri’ – a unique Japanese method to preserve the trees from heavy snowfall.
The Gardens of Versailles, Versailles, France
Should it be of any wonder that the Gardens of Versailles are on the list? The Gardens were commissioned by Louis XIV – the very man whose sovereign rule is the longest recorded in European history and created by André Le Nôtre, gardener and architect to the King. The King reviewed each step of the project himself, being keen to keep an eye on every single detail. The UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed over a period of 40 years and the efforts seem to have paid off: each year, millions of tourists stream to Versailles, just to steal a glance of the magnificent gardens.
Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jardin Majorelle gained recognition thanks to its renowned owner, French designer Yves Saint Laurent, who purchased the property in 1980. The garden was originally designed by Jacque Majorelle, a French Orientalist painter, who used many exotic and unusual plant species. However, after his death in 1947, the garden was abandoned. Yves Saint Laurent restored the property, which is now part of the non-profit Foundation Jardin Majorelle, which maintains the property.
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