This is a fine example how lower-Franconia must have looked like in the old days... 1541, fountain with Baroque canopy, one of the best examples of Franconian early-renaissance (architect Johannes Schoner). Is one of the few that survived the great fire of 1954. Round base, six meters in diameter, and has a square floor plan. Short sturdy pillars a four sided enclosure, with round open arches and attica (decoration of the topmost part). The pillars have ornamented capitals with leaf volutes and Angelheads. The housing (without the subsequent baldaquin of Joachim von Gravenegg) was crowned with obelisks and bulbs. On the South side the founder confirmed: " Huius Johannes speciosa toreumata fontis construxit Schoner hoc fabre fecit opus 1541". On the inside is the star Vault still visible at the corners of the rib starting at the Profile Console. The material was limestone, whilst later in 1669 for the baldaquin sandstone was used. After the creation of public water supply in 1906 many public sources were closed (with the exception of the fountain on the square and the one at the Castle). On the Marktplatz people could provide drinking water with hand pumps.
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