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Fountain at Our Ladies Hill

Joh. Michael Datzerath

Frankfurt am Main /  Liebfrauenberg-Brunnen   Frankfurt am Main /  Liebfrauenberg-Brunnen


Obelisk with a gilded sun at the top, standing on a square base in an oval fountain basin.

At the lower part of the obelisk are three reliefs of putti representing virtues:

  1. Liberty, putto with freedom hat and a broken chain.
  2. Justice, putto with scales an a sword.
  3. Prudence, putto with mirror and snakes.

Frankfurt am Main - Liebfrauenberg-Brunnen
Frankfurt am Main - Liebfrauenberg-Brunnen
Frankfurt am Main - Liebfrauenberg-Brunnen

The fourth side shows the coat of arms of the City of Frankfurt.

Frankfurt am Main - Liebfrauenberg-Brunnen

On the sides of the base the river gods Moenus and Rhenus (Main and Rhine) pour water from jugs in a shell basin resting on the crossed bodies of dolphins. From the shell basin the water flows down into the actual fountain basin. From the mouths of the dolphins additional water flows in a direct way into the pool.

Frankfurt am Main - Liebfrauenberg-Brunnen Frankfurt am Main - Liebfrauenberg-Brunnen


Labrum hoc aquarum
Quod temporum iniuria
confractum esset
Senatus Populusque
in publica commoda
restitui ornarique

Curantibus Ædilibus
Io. Dan. ab Olenschlager Scab.
Gottliebio Ettling I.V.L.
Io. Georgio Rau Senatoribus
Architecto Io. Andrea Liebhard.


The originals of the statues of the river gods are located in the park of the Liebieghaus.


Sources & Information


  • Coat of arms
  • Datzerath, Joh. Michael
  • Fountain
  • Justice (Justitia)
  • Liberty / Freedom
  • Main (personification)
  • Prudentia
  • Rhine (personification)
  • River god/goddess
  • Location (N 50°6'45" - E 8°40'53")

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    Item Code: dehs205; Photograph: 28 September 2014
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