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"Kaiserbrunnen - the Emperor Fountain" Top 5 Page for this destination Fountains - Kaiserbrunnen - Emperor Fountain Tip by Kathrin_E

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The Emperor Fountain in Marktstätte assembles several figures and scenes that tell of the medieval history of the Holy Roman Empire in reference to Konstanz. We see portraits of the Emperors Friedrich Barbarossa, Otto the Great, and Maximilian around the central column. A bust of Maximilian's wife Bianca Sforza sits on the balustrade. The little bird on her bonnet at intervals spits water into Maximilian's outstretched hand. A pair of pigeons is classified as bishop and emperor, religious and worldly power. The document of the Konstanz Peace Treaty of 1183 is represented in bronze. The three-headed peacock with his three tiaras stands for the three Popes and Antipopes during the Great Schisma before the Council. The Seehasen are there, too (see local custom tip).

The base is a sandstone fountain from the late 19th century. The artist couple Barbara and Gernot Rumpf from Neustadt/Weinstraße created the sculptures in 1993. The sculptors are known for their witty art works which translate local topics into funny figures and alwayss include something visitors can do with them. Here it is the horse which big and small people love to mount for a photo.

Directions: Upper end of Marktstätte

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  • Written Aug 15, 2010
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