St Peters Fountain, Trier
You'll find this beautiful fountain in the Hauptmarkt. It was built at the end of the 16th century. Obviously, it is St Peter who adorns the top of the fountain. Below him are figures representing the four cardinal virtues - prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. These four virtues are in actual fact, the basic principles of western philosophy and are attributed to Socratic, Platonic, Aristotellian and Stoic principles. Christianity however, has incorporated these and narrowed them down to Faith, Hope and Charity which originate from God.
St Peters Fountain sits in the center of the main market place and was constructed in 1595. Like many of the other historical sites in city, it was covered in sandbags to protect it from damage from allied air raids during WWII.
The statues on the fountain represent wise governing of the city in the form of justice, fortitude, temperance, and prudence. I think they forgot wine.
Directions: Trier Walkplatz, on Simeonstrasse
Though difficult to see because of the ambient light and the colorful buildings in the background, this photo shows the fountain of St. Peter (the patron saint of Trier). The fountain is another popular spot to meet friends in the market. This gilded fountain was placed in the Hauptmarkt in 1595.
Though there is a small sign warning the thirsty that this water is not for drinking there is a small spigot available from which one can draw water as this vendor can be seen doing early in the morning to refresh the flowers at her nearby stand.
Trier seems to have a fountain on every block. I have a list of thirteen but there may be more. Saint Peter, whose statue tops the ornate fountain on Trier's market (Hauptmark) square, has stood there for 400 years since 1595. Still he's really a newcomer in town, for Trier is at least five times older. In fact, it was already a city when Peter was still out fishing on the Sea of Galilee. Today the fountain is another popular spot to meet friends in the market. Though there is a small sign warning the thirsty that this water is not for drinking there is a small spigot available from which one can draw water. The fountain was the work of the sculptor Hans Rupprecht Hoffmann who had his large studios in Trier. The statue symbolizes justice, fortitude, temperance, and prudence.
Directions: Downtown Marketplace