"Residenzplatz and the Residenzbrunnen" Residenz and Residenzplatz Tip by nicolaitan

Residenz and Residenzplatz, Salzburg: 63 reviews and 131 photos

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  • Residenzplatz and the Residenzbrunnen - Salzburg
  • Square with Fountain,Salzburg Museum in Background - Salzburg
      Square with Fountain,Salzburg Museum in Background
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  • The Fountain - Salzburg
      The Fountain
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  • Atlas Figure and Triton with Conch Shell - Salzburg
      Atlas Figure and Triton with Conch Shell
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  • Horse Detail - Salzburg
      Horse Detail
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The largest and most central of Salzburg's five major squares is surrounded by the north side of the Cathedral, the Salzburg Museum, and of course the Residenz occupied by the prince-archbishops. It connects directly to the Mozartplatz and Domplatz and offers access to the Judengasse and shopping district beyond.
We have Wolf Dietrich to thank for this square. While destroying the remains of the cathedral after the fire of 1598, he made himself even more hated by the citizenry by tearing down upwards of a hundred residences for a massive open area in front of the palace.
The square is dominated by the Residenzbrunnen, the largest Baroque fountain in Central Europe, created by the Italian sculptor di Garona from 1556-61. 50 feet high, the base is comprised of four rampant horses spitting water out of their mouths (image 4). The middle level features figures modeled after Atlas bearing a large platter holding, at the top, a Triton with a conch shell from which water is emitted skyward (image 3). A striking fountain.

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  • Written Dec 25, 2009
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