Saint George's Fountain
(ca. 275/281 - 303)
Roman soldier from Syria Palaestina and a priest in the Guard of Diocletian, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He is immortalized in the tale of Saint George and the Dragon
Rococo fountain, shaped as an obelisk with on top Saint George slaying the dragon and around the foot the four seasons.
woman with flowers
woman with sheaf of corn
man with grapes and wine goblet
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1749 & 1750
The architect was John Seiz, the sculptor Joseph Amlinger and the stone-cutters Michel Schmitt and Johannes Steinem. The fountain is built 1750-51 to honor the Elector Franz Georg von Schönborn.
Saint George and the Dragon
The town of Silene had a pond, as large as a lake, where a plague-bearing dragon dwelled that envenomed all the countryside. To appease the dragon, the people of Silene used to feed it two sheep every day, and when the sheep failed, they fed it their children, chosen by lottery. It happened that the lot fell on the king's daughter. The king, distraught with grief, told the people they could have all his gold and silver and half of his kingdom if his daughter were spared; the people refused. The daughter was sent out to the lake, decked out as a bride, to be fed to the dragon. Saint George by chance rode past the lake. The princess, trembling, sought to send him away, but George vowed to remain. The dragon reared out of the lake while they were conversing. Saint George fortified himself with the Sign of the Cross, charged it on horseback with his lance, and gave it a grievous wound. He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle, and he put it around the dragon's neck. When she did so, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash.
Wikipedia. In art, Saint George is easily distinguished from Saint Michael, the other saint dragon slayer, since Michael as archangel is always depicted with wings.
- Joseph Amlinger,
18th century German sculptor.
Location (N 49°45'18" - E 6°38'18")
Item Code: derp032; Photograph: 17 June 2011
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