19 June 2009

Fischbrunnen

The Fish Fountain stands outside the entrance to the Rathaus on Marienplatz. Originally constructed in 1866, the fountain had to be rebuilt after being almost totally destroyed during the Second World War. The current structure dates from 1954.

The fountain used to host the 'butcher's leap' when young butchers, having finished their apprenticeships, would dive into the fountain. Today, the fountain is the setting for the annual 'purse washing' ceremony. On Ash Wednesday the Mayor dips a sympbolic empty purse into the water ensuring that the city's coffers will be replenished for the following year.

3 comments:

glasgowdailyphoto said...

That's a fantastic picture. I really like Munich (my sister lived there for about 8 years and now lives just outside so I've visited several times).

Jackie

olli said...

Thanks. It was one of those rare evenings when the light was perfect.

m_m said...

Looks so nostalgic! Perfect shot!

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