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Cantonal Assembly Fountain

Johann Ulrich Steiger
1975

Appenzell /  Landsgemeinde-Brunnen   Appenzell /  Landsgemeinde-Brunnen

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Statue of a man with his right arm raised and a ceremonial sword in his left hand, standing on a column in an octagonal fountain basin.

Eligible citizens of the canton meet on a certain day in the open air to decide on laws and expenditures by the council. Everyone can debate a question. Voting is accomplished by those in favour of a motion raising their hands. Historically, or in Appenzell until the admission of women, the only proof of citizenship necessary for men to enter the voting area was to show their ceremonial sword or Swiss military sidearm (bayonet), this gave proof that you were a freeman allowed to bear arms and to vote.

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Locatie (N 47°19'53" - E 9°24'26")

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