Tugendbrunnen - Fountain of Virtue, Nürnberg
Near the intersection of Königstrasse and Lorenzerplatz at St. Lorenz Church is an iron fountain, the Tugendbrunnen, dating back to 1589. This fountain contains statues of seven virtues (three religious and three non-religious plus one at the top): faith, love, hope, courage, moderation, and patience. Each virtue has a symbol representing its unique traits (i.e. courage has a lion, faith a cross, and moderation has a jug of wine). The seventh virtue, justice, has a place of honor at the top of the fountain and holds a sword. Cherubim float above while holding the coat of arms for the city of Nürnberg since this fountain was commissioned by the city of Nürnberg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This fountain just outside of Lorenzkirche features six virtues with water shooting out from their breasts.