Child Eater Fountain (Kindlifresserbrunnen)

Child Eater Fountain (Kindlifresserbrunnen)

Child Eater Fountain (Kindlifresserbrunnen)
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Gene P
San Fernando, Philippines638 contributions
Jul 2022
After the bridge leading to the tower, there are a series of fountains and statues on pedestal that has its own meaning and story. The child eater is one of the last you will see on the tram tracks. the details and history of each one is entertaining and amazing.
Written July 15, 2022
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Hugo W
London, UK372 contributions
Nov 2022
This beautiful fountain stands in the middle of the road, so it is often overlooked and people simply pass by on either side of the pavement. The fountain has been there fore a very long time, I remember being scared of it as a child, and that is now more than 60 years ago. Scared because, as the name suggests, it depicts children being eaten.....
Written November 24, 2022
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permia
Ireland38,177 contributions
Oct 2022
Many and numerous interpretations of its content range from the innocent to the more disquieting. Amongst the former is that it’s simply a carnival scene intended to frighten misbehaving children.

All pertaining to the ogre atop who’s happily munching away, with more material in his bag.

It’s a colourfully ornate piece of art and dates from the mid 1500s.
Written November 20, 2022
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Jul 2022 • Family
PROS
• Location in Central Bern
• Representative of something

CONS
•. Ridiculous
• Disgusting
• Ugly- “ichsa”
• Gross
• Scary

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… during my walk in the Old Town/Old City of Bern. Suffice it to say that I am most certainly NOT a better person after the experience

TIP
For fun, you could check it out
Written August 22, 2022
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Aaretal
Bern, Switzerland313 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
The child eater fountain is - after a story going on - placed on a old Underground corridor which connected a mens and a womens cloister. The fountains signifies that the fruits of sins had to be eliminated............
Written April 15, 2015
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teba951022
Baghdad, Iraq34 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I wouldn’t actually consider this a monument, or a tourists attraction, it was -along side with many other statues in the same street- adding a lot of beauty and culture to the street but there wasn’t something special about this fountain the calls for a particular visit!
Written August 10, 2019
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Dr. Udgeeth Thaker
Mirissa, Sri Lanka193 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
A literal translation of the name Kindlifresserbrunnen therefore would be "Fountain of the Eater of Little Children".

in the middle of swiss capital bern and just beside the famous clock tower [ just at the clock tower tram and bus station!] there is this 500 years old water fountain with a statue of a person carrying children in the bag and eating them!

it is a puzzle!
why it was created?
swiss people are known for their negative artictic value, contructing prisons in the center of the city and carving dying and crying lion etc in their Cities.

but this is too much like eating young children!
there are multiple theories for the same...
let is be a Jewish person [from the pointed hat of the statue] of the fact that it may resemble greek god cronos who ate his own children or the statue was only a warning to the children not to go towards the near by bear pit.

TODAY AFTER 500 YEAR S NO ONE ACTUALLY KNOWS WHY IT WAS CREATED.

but it remains one of the most visited place of bern, no ticket required. its on a public road.

if you see it once in your life, you wont forget that moment. it is so WEIRD but interesting to know the theories why it was made.

go there and have a look...
Written May 11, 2017
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Steve R
Temecula, CA2,149 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Odd and strange but cool. You will stumble onto all these lovely fountains. This one being the most memorable. Worth a look.
Written December 4, 2021
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Swissshamoo
Bern, Switzerland187 contributions
Oct 2020
Some say it involved a middle-age governor, and it seems that for those who do not wat to believed, they erect that constant memory that show that Swiss people were not always so calm and rational.
Written December 2, 2020
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Mark H
Brisbane, Australia52 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
The Wikipedia article about this statue gives my options for the symbolism expressed here - you can take your pick, but I think the expression on the ogres face reflects the tummy ache he’s going to get after eating all those children in one sitting

I’m always partial to a small child, never more than one per week - they’re too fattening.
Written August 19, 2019
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