Fountain with a column surmounted by a statue of a woman representing Genève with mural crown and a shield with the coat of arms of Genève. The middle part is a tower, to which the ennemies François de Gerbaix de Sonnaz, Jacques de Chaffardon and François de Brunaulieu has put their ladders, on the fourth side is a small bronze statue of Victory under Genève's motto post tenebras lux. At the base two bronze reliefs, a list of names of the Genevois who died during tat night and a text on the inauguration of the fountain.
Erigé en Mémoire
du 12 Décembre 1602
Jean Canal, Syndic
Louis Bandière, Jean Vandel
Louis Gallatin, Pierre Cabriol
Marc Cambiago, Nicol. Bogueret
Jacques Mercier, Abrah. de Baptista
Mart. Debolo, Daniel Humbert
Mich. Monard, Phil. Poteau
Franc. Bousezel, Jean Guignet
Jacques Petit, Girard Marsi
- Fighting between Savoyards and the people of Genève, with council Jean Baudichon de la Maisonneuve with his sword in two hands.
- Pastor and theologian Théodore de Bèze preaching.
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The water spouts in the fountain through two bronze dragons and two Medusa's heads.
Signed: ....hen 1857
On December 11 and December 12 1602 the forces of the Duke of Savoy and those of Philip III of Spain, launched an attack on the city-state of Genève. The Genève citizens defeated them by preventing them from scaling the wall (a climb in French is an escalade). The night guard Isaac Mercier raised the alarm, church bells were rung, and the Genevois were alerted. The populace fought alongside their town militia. The duke's 2000-plus mercenaries were beaten.
- Johannes Leeb (Memmingen 1790 - München 1863),
Sources & Information
Location N 46°12'13" E 6°8'37"
Item Code: chge024; Photograph: 5 June 2013
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