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Genève: Jet d'Eau

My second photo from Switzerland is again taken close to the Lake Geneva. I also noticed it's my third picture in a row where water and boats play an important role after my first post from Geneva and my photo from Hoorn.
This time also one of Geneva's most famous landmarks is included: the Jet d'Eau.
It was taken last week, when the weather was really wonderful.

Le Jet d'Eau (Water-Jet) is the large fountain you can see here. It is situated in Lac Léman/Lake de Genève and can reach an altitude of 140m (459ft. Two large pumps jet 500 litres of water per second with a speed of 200km/h. The first Jet d'Eau was installed in 1886, which could reach an altitude of about 30m and in 1891 it was moved to its present location.
Right now, a large football is placed on top of the fountain (although last Sunday afternoon the ball was taken down and located next to the fountain) in connection with the upcoming UEFA Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria in June, when Geneva will be the venue for three group-stage matches in Group A.
In the background (through the large forest of masts)you can see the hill where the Old Town of Geneva is located with on top of it the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève.

Hope you like this photo and thanks for your visit.

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