Wismar: Wasserkunst (Wahrzeichen der Stadt)

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  • Lemmi alias Schlumpf

    The Wismarer Wasserkunst is located in the large market square and is considered a landmark of the city. The Zwölfeckbau in delicate stone work has been built in the style of the Dutch Renaissance. On the corners made of limestone is a copper hood with a hexagonal lantern.
    On the east side of the water art were two bronze figures as water channels. They were called nix and mermaid and popularly Adam and Eve.
    Above and below the grid, around the water art, is a Latin inscription, which describes the drinking water supply of the past. During the restoration, the inscription was translated into German and placed next to it.
    "Well, water sold in tons, and a lead down the pit, did not satisfy the needs of the city, and therefore in 1571 by fresh water spring water from Metelsdorf was introduced to the market. Because of this, in 1682 the pumping station was built, which brought river water out of the mill ditch and combined both water after the siege of 1715. For the sake of the container, due to its inadequacy and smallness, the old art was taken to the bottom and rebuilt, rebuilt and rebuilt in the year 1861. May the mercy and fidelity of the prince, through the merciful God's grace, preserve for a long time this work of our city devoted to health, cleanliness and public safety. "
    Inscription of 1861 at the Wasserkunst.
    1897, the water art was replaced by a new kind of water supply. 1998 was so far the last repair of the water art. A copy of the nix and mermaid was set up again.
    Source: Wikipedia

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    • June 2, 2019

  • FeRo

    The entire market square, with the Wasserkunst and the town hall, offers many historic buildings.

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    • July 15, 2019

  • Karsten S. 🚴‍♂️

    The construction was begun in 1579 by the Dutch architect Philipp Brandin and executed in the Renaissance style. Only in 1602, the master builder had already died, the elaborate structure was completed. It served to supply drinking water to the city. Wooden pipes connected springs that sprang up in the hills of Metelsdorf southwest of the old Hanseatic city, directly with the water art on the market square, which is also located on a hill.

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    • August 22, 2019

  • Sebastian

    A very nice old town with many highlights.
    Very nice to drive by bike.

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    • September 1, 2019

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Location: Wismar, Baltic Sea, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany


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