Schöner Brunnen

Hauptmarkt 1, 90403 Nürnberg, Deutschland Hauptmarkt 1, 90403 Nürnberg, Deutschland
Schöner Brunnen. Nürnberg, Deutschland

Erected between 1389 and 1396 by stonemason Heinrich Beheim, the 19-metre stone pyramid rises from the octagonal basin like a Gothic steeple top, narrowing in three steps to it's top. Forty 14th century stone sculptures representing the world-view of the Holy Roman Empire are arranged in three rows.
Allegorical figures symbolising Philosophy and the Free Arts in the bottom, the evangelists and Latin Church Fathers, the seven electors and nine heroes in the middle, and Moses and the seven prophets at the very top. Between 1897 and 1902 the sandstone figures were replaced by shell lime ones.

On the south-western side a metall ring is included into the grating, said to be a good luck charm if rotated 360 degrees once to make a wish and trice for many kids.


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