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Gustav Adolph Fountain

King Gustav Adolph II of Sweden
Stockholm 1594 - near Lützen 1632
King of Sweden, 1611-1632
Carl Melville

Erfurt /  Gustav-Adolf-Brunnen   Erfurt /  Gustav-Adolf-Brunnen


King Gustav Adolf II of Sweden was once revered by Erfurt as a hero of the Thirty Years' War. He was considered protector of the Protestant faith and with his help, Erfurt was freed from the power of the Catholic archbishop of Mainz - the city was under the dominion of the Electorate of Mainz - and Erfurt cherished the hope to be raised by the king to the rank of a free imperial city.

Sandstone column with on the front a portrait medaillon of King Gustav Adolph II, with his name 'GUSTAV ADOLF'. At the sides are two fountain basins with small statuettes of a man and a woman. On top of the column is statue of a sitting lion holding a shield with the coat of arms of Erfurt. At the base are two stone reliefs of a book and a goblet respectively.

Around the column is the title of the King's favourite Lutheran hymn, written by Johann M. Altenburg (1632):

Verzage nicht, du Häuflein klein Gott ist mein Harnisch
Erfurt - Gustav-Adolf-Brunnen
sitting lion with the Erfurt coat of arms
Erfurt - Gustav-Adolf-Brunnen
Erfurt - Gustav-Adolf-Brunnen
woman with child

Erfurt - Gustav-Adolf-Brunnen
Bible, sword and scythe
Erfurt - Gustav-Adolf-Brunnen
Goblet, palm and olive branches


Steinausführung C.A. Merkel, Nachfolger, Erfurt


Sources & Information


  • Country: Germany
  • Coat of arms
  • Couple
  • Fountain
  • Gustav II Adolf (king of Sweden)
  • Lion
  • Melville, Carl
  • Monarch
  • Woman with child
  • Location (N 50°58'36" - E 11°1'43")

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    Item Code: deth156; Photograph: 12 October 2018
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