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Saturday, 30 October 2004
Schwendi Fountain

Schwendi Fountain Colmar

This is the Schwendi Fountain which I referred to yesterday. It is situated in the Ancienne Douane Square (in front of the old Customs House), and was created by the artist Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi in 1898.  It depicts Lazarre de Schwendi (1522 - 1583) who fought in Hungary and led the army which took the city of Tokay. He is supposed to have brought the grape variety from this city, also known as Tokay, back to Alsace where it became popular and is used to produce the wine with the appelation Tokay Pinot-Gris. In the statue, Lazarre is grasping some sprigs of this grapevine in his right hand.

The above statue is one of at least 13 monuments, statues and fountains by Bartholdi which can be found in the city of Colmar.  As I mentioned yesterday, Bartholdi’s more famous work is his statue entitled Liberty illuminating the world (1886), also commonly known as The Statue of the Liberty in New York.

It was the philosopher known as Voltaire who described Colmar as

A little religious city, full of harassments, where everybody confesses, everybody hates…

 

Posted by bigblue on 30/10/2004 at 01:40 PM
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