On the fountain is the bearded patron saint of the city Naumburg in armor with lance and the shield with the coat of arms consisting of key and sword as the signs for St. Peter and Paul. The round well itself has about 2-3 meters in diameter and about 1.20 meters in height. The figure stands on a correspondingly high pedestal with a Corinthian capital as a statue base.
For the first time, the market well, identical to the Wenzelsbrunnen, was mentioned in 1459 as a "stone Born" and, like all Naumburg fountains, was connected to the municipal Röhrenbrunnen system. In 1579, the city patron Naumburgs came on 1498 newly built well. Created by the Naumburg sculptor Heinrich Hase, about which hardly anything is known except that he created next to this figure in 1584 also the wooden pulpit in the Wenceslas Church, which was replaced by a baroque pulpit. In 1940, storms destroyed this figure, so that since 1949 a faithful replica of this place stands.
Stylistically, the Wenzel of the Wenceslas Fountain belongs to the 16th century, which gave the shape of the market as a whole its current character. The figure of the statue is by no means bellicose in its characteristic features, as its attributes might suggest, but rather humoristically. That was certainly intentional. This Wenzel is an identification figure for the Naumburg population par excellence. This is reflected not least in the fact that in the local page of the Naumburger Tageblatt the Wenzel symbolically appears as a writer of a daily commentary.
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August 11, 2017
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