Thursday, April 17, 2014

12 Iconic Fountains; Berne City Specials

Central Europe 2nd part; 2-days solo backpacking in Switzerland
October 14 to October 16, 2013

Out of fascination, that's all! This is the reason why I have special post for this 12 artistic statues along the streets in the central city of Berne. There is no intention at all initially but when the Hostel caretaker handed-over to me the free map, my sight caught the attention the lower right corner side of the map where the description of this 12 fountains and their locations. Curious to know what makes this fountain be a subject of my camera, I immediately navigate myself each of them one by one.

The incomparably beautiful picture presented by the medieval streets of Bern would not be complete without the fountains from the Middle Ages, whose colourful pillars and statues greatly enliven the extensive rows of grey houses. The artistic fountains, which were erected about 1550 in place of earlier wooden ones, demonstrate clearly the wealth of the old Bernese community. But the practical mind of the Bernese combined utility with art, and for the benefit of posterity made these fountains into memorials to its heroes and historic events. The vivid colourings have been frequently renewed in their original colours. Several fountains stand in the middle of streets which bear a heavy traffic and trams and cars have to find their way as best they can around these obstacles.
Bern has well over 100 fountains. Eleven still feature the original statues with their allegorical figures.

Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen (Justice fountain)

Zahringerbrunnen (Zahringen fountain)

Kindlifresserbrunnen (Ogre fountain)

Schutzenbrunnen (Musketeer fountain)

Mosesbrunnen (Moses fountain)

Anna-Seiler-Brunnen (Anna Seiler fountain)

Pfeiferbrunnen (Bagpiper fountain)

Ryfflibrunnen (Ryffli fountain)

Lauferbrunnen (Messenger fountain)

Vennerbrunnen (Ensign fountain)

Simsonbrunnen (Samson fountain)

Meret-Oppenheim-Brunnen (Meret Oppenheim fountain)

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