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Swissshamoo
Bern, Switzerland178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
They are all beautiful and interesting. In the early 90's, the sound of the water fountains in Bern remembered you how bored can be a traditional Swiss city on Sunday's afternoon. Today the activity have change and I cannot say if by nostalgy or by age, I miss now the old times where the only noise of the downtown was reduced to their water falling in those not too cold days
Written December 2, 2020
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amreltouny
cairo - egypt136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
Located right in front of the Cathedral; the statue dates from 1544. After storm damage it was rebuilt in 1790-1791. The statue represents Moses bringing the Ten Commandments to the Tribes of Israel.

Moses is portrayed with two rays of light projecting from his head, which represent Exodus 34:29-35 which tells that after meeting with God the skin of Moses' face became radiant. The twin rays of light come from a longstanding tradition that Moses instead grew horns. Horns were almost universally viewed by ancient civilizations as symbols of power, not as the negative or demonic symbols they became for Christians thousands of years later. For example, both Alexander the Great and Attila the Hun were described as wearing horns. Horned helmets were often worn by priests and kings, with the horns connoting that divine power and authority had been bestowed upon them.

The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, are a set of commandments which the Bible describes as having been given to the Israelites by God at biblical Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments are listed twice in the Hebrew Bible. Both versions state that God inscribed them on two stone tablets, which he gave to Moses. The commandments include instructions to worship only God, to honour parents, and to keep the sabbath; as well as prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, theft, dishonesty, and coveting. Different religious groups follow different traditions for interpreting and numbering them.
Hebrew phrase as δεδόξασται ἡ ὄψις, "his face was glorified"; but Jerome translated the phrase into Latin as cornuta esset facies sua "his face was horned".

With apparent Biblical authority, and the added convenience of giving Moses a unique and easily identifiable visual attribute (something the other Old Testament prophets notably lacked), it remained standard in Western art to depict Moses with small horns until well after the mistranslation was realized in the Renaissance. In this depiction of Moses, the error has been identified but the artist has chosen to place horns of light on Moses head to aid in identification.
Written February 28, 2016
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muzique1960
Woodridge, IL703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
The Mosesbrunnen (sculpture and fountain) is very close to the Bern Minster. A lovely area of the city and worth many photos. It is wonderful, seeing the colors on the sculptures. This fountain dates to the 16th century and was rebuilt in the 18th century (after damage due to a strong storm).
Written September 16, 2018
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Akshaya S
Noida, India520 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This fountain is just at one side of the cathedral square. It refers to Moses and aptly called Mosesbrunnen.
Written July 14, 2023
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Another fountain in Bern. This one is dedicated to Moses and is located in the square in front of the Cathedral of Bern.
Written September 27, 2020
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This fountain is not the original as it had to be removed due to damaged feet, the tablet being shattered and other deterioration. The current one is from 1791 and the sculptor was Nikolaus Sporrer from Konstanz.
Written December 11, 2019
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HollyBerryElf
Weilerbach, Germany630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
right by the munster church and easy to find since it on one of the three main streets in Bern. Moses is pointing to the 2nd commandment since idolatry was one of the church's main preaching points at the time the fountain was created.
Written June 5, 2019
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FormerCaliBoy
Zurich, Switzerland19,155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
The Moses fountain is located at the open square across from the Münster church. This fountain displays Moses holding the 10 Commandments. The base of the fountain has a somewhat scaled design with figures and fresh flowing drinking water.
Written April 27, 2019
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John L
Grand Bend, Canada2,181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
The striking and colourful Mosesbrunnen Statue dates to 1544, and represents Moses bringing the 10 Commandments to the Tribes of Israel.
Written February 20, 2019
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FriendlyTraveler64
Omaha, NE5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
We included a visit to each of the fountains we passed in our tours. The Bernese have done a great job of maintaining them, and you can actually see the canals that feed each fountain run under the streets. Very cool.
Written August 27, 2018
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