The Neptune Fountain

 

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The Neptune Fountain has stood in front of the Artus Court since 1633 and is a symbol of Gdansk. It was built on the initiative of the Mayor of Gdansk, Bartlomiej Schachmann. The model was prepared by Peter Husen and Johann Rogge, and it was cast in 1615 in Augsburg. The design of the whole fountain was prepared by Abraham van den Blocke.


The ornamented grill surrounding the fountain dates back to 1634. In the years 1757-1761 Johann Karl Stender redecorated the basin and the base of the fountain in the Rococo style, by adding a large array of sea creatures. According to one of the Gdansk legends it was Neptune himself who contributed to the creation of the famous Gdansk liqueur called Goldwasser. He got angry at people throwing golden coins into the fountain and hit the water with his trident so hard that the gold fell to pieces, forming small golden flakes which now shine in the tasty herbal liqueur.



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