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(St. Christophorus-Kirche)


Saint Mary's Fountain

The mother of Jesus Christ
artist unknown

Wolfsburg /  Marienbrunnen   Wolfsburg /  Marienbrunnen


Fountain with a statue of St. Mary and Child on top of a triangular column made of three bronze plates with various reliefs showing life in Wolfsburg, between the plates are six small plates with bronze portrait reliefs of seven men important for the catholic history of Wolfsburg (one shows two persons). At the top of the column are three angels with horns, and at the foot three saints.

The portraits show:

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1. Anton Holling
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2. Heinrich Maria
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3. Heinrich Nordhoff

  1. anton holling - Antonius Holling (Osnabrück 1908 - Wolfsburg 1996), first Roman-Catholic priest working in Wolfsburg (1940) (Biography).
  2. heinrich maria - Heinrich Maria Janssen (Rindern bei Kleve 1907 - Hildesheim 1988), bishop of Hildesheim, 1957-1982 (Wikipedia).
  3. dr. nordhoff - Heinrich Nordhoff (Hildesheim 1899 - Wolfsburg 1968), general director of Volkswagen, laid the first stone for the St. Christophorus Church (Wikipedia).

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4. Ferdinand Porsche
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5. Joseph Godehard
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6. Adolf Kolping / Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler

  1. porsche - Ferdinand Porsche (Maffersdorf 1875 - Stuttgart 1951), automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company; known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (Lohner-Porsche), the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, and Porsche automobiles. Against the will of the nazis he provided a house for pastor Holling (Wikipedia)
  2. joseph godehard - Joseph Godehard Machens (Hildesheim 1886 - Hildesheim 1956), bishop of Hildesheim, 1934-1956 (Wikipedia).
  3. adolf kolping and emmanuel von ketteler
    - Adolph Kolping (Kerpen 1813 - Köln 1865), German Catholic priest, who founded several Catholic apprentice associations, one of which became the International Kolping Society (Wikipedia)
    - Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler (Münster 1811 - Kloster Burghausen 1877), German theologian and politician, Bishop of Mainz, 1850-1877; founder of the Katholische Arbeitnehmer-Bewegung (Wikipedia).
The three reliefs are:

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Various people
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Volkswagen factory
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The eight churches of Wolfsburg built by Antonius Holling

and the three saints are:

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1. St. Elisabeth
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2. Male saint
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3. St. Christopher

  1. St. Elisabeth, patroness of the latest church built by Holling (1978).
  2. Male saint with a stick holding his right hand next to his head.
  3. St. Christopher, patron of the oldest church in Wolfsburg (1940).


Sources & Information


  • Christopher, St.
  • Clergyman
  • Director
  • Elisabeth of Thuringia, St.
  • Engineer
  • Fountain
  • Holling, Antonius
  • Janssen, Heinrich Maria
  • Ketteler, Wilhelm Emmanuel von
  • Kolping, Adolph
  • Machens, Joseph Godehard
  • Manufacturer
  • Mary with Child
  • Nordhoff, Heinrich
  • Porsche, Ferdinand
  • Priest
  • Locatie (N 52°25'16" - E 10°47'25") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: dens413; Photograph: 30 July 2016
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