Tugendbrunnen - Fountain of Virtue, Nürnberg

5 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • My father's photo of the  fountain in 1962
    My father's photo of the fountain in...
    by grandmaR
  • Justice and the coats of arms of the city
    Justice and the coats of arms of the...
    by grandmaR
  • Another photo showing the water from the breasts
    Another photo showing the water from the...
    by grandmaR
  • grandmaR's Profile Photo

    Tugendbrunnen (Fountain of Virtues)

    by grandmaR Written Jul 3, 2014
    My father's photo of the  fountain in 1962
    4 more images

    This was one of the first places that my sister took me when we were touring the city. The figures represent the six virtues love, faith, hope, bravery, patience and humility, crowned by the figure of Justice. The Fountain of Virtue dates from the time of the Renaissance between 1584-1589

    According to the cached version about this fountain on the City of Nuremberg page

    In 1589, the iron caster, Benedikt Wurzelbauer, completed the Fountain of the Virtues (Tugendbrunnen), commissioned by the City Council of the Free City of the Empire who had intended to demonstrate their stature in the world. Six allegories of the three theological and the three cardinal virtues with their attributes are placed on a round platform: Faith with a cross and a chalice, Love with two children, Hope with an anchor, Courage with a lion, Moderation with a jug, and Patience with a lamb. Above the figures, cherubs carry the two coats of arms of the City of Nuremberg. The seventh virtue, Justice, stands on the top of the pillar with blindfolded eyes, a sword and a crane as a symbol of alertness. The fountain marks the spatial boundary of Lorenzer Platz towards Königsstraße.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Airpunk's Profile Photo

    Fountain of virtue (Tugendbrunnen)

    by Airpunk Written Dec 20, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Tugendbrunnen

    The fountain was placed in 1584 and finished in 1589. It shows the virtues love, faith, hope, bravery, patience and humility as female figures. The fountain’s water come out of their breasts (Think whatever you want about that…). On top of the fountain is the highest of all virtues, justitia, depicted as she is known – blind with a scale.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo

    Tugendbrunnen

    by Mikebond Updated Jul 25, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Tugendbrunnen
    4 more images

    Tugendbrunnen ("Fountain of Virtues") is a fountain, located close to Lorenzkirche, done by local metal-founder Benedikt Wurzelbauer between 1584 and 1589.
    It shows the Christian virtues of Love, Faith, Hope, Courage, Patience and Temperateness. Above all stands the sculpture of Justice, blindfold and with a sword and a balance, to mean it is the highest virtue.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • andrea.d's Profile Photo

    The Tugendbrunnen ( Well of the virtues)

    by andrea.d Written Feb 17, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This well, to be found on the north side of the St. Lorenz church, is one of the city's main landmarks. The central column rises from an octagonal basin and is comprised of three sections and adorned with seven human figures. They are the seven virtues of the Middle Ages and recognizable by the attributes possessed by the women: Faith (cross), Love (children), Hope (anchor), Magnanimity ( lion), Moderation (jug and vessel) and Patience (lamb) as well as the crown of the spring's column showing Justice with her blindfolded eyes, scales and sword.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Theme Park Trips

    Was this review helpful?

  • zuyao's Profile Photo

    Fountain of Virtues

    by zuyao Written Aug 4, 2007

    This fountain just outside of Lorenzkirche features six virtues with water shooting out from their breasts.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Nürnberg

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

132 travelers online now

Comments

View all Nürnberg hotels