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Germany
Kyritz
Lkr. Ostprignitz-Ruppin

Brandenburg

Marktplatz

Bassewitzbrunnen

Bassewitz Fountain

Jan Witte-Kropius
2007

Kyritz /  Bassewitzbrunnen   Kyritz /  Bassewitzbrunnen

Description

Fountain erected for the 770th anniversary of the town of Kyritz. The figures are based on the Bassewitz legend, as described by Theodor Fontane. The three women with bowls – from which water flows – represent the brave Kyritz women who poured hot porridge over the head of the robber baron Bassewitz, when he came out of an underground passage. Bassewitz himself is shown only with head and shoulders above the ground.

Kyritz - Bassewitzbrunnen

Around the fountain are three steles with six reliefs showing topics of local history:

    Stele 1: the Franciscan monastery
  1. Two monks in a library

    Kyritz - Bassewitzbrunnen

    Das Kloster zu Kyritz
    war weit bekannt
    als Hort des Disputs
    und der Lehre.
    Pater Mathias
    (Mathias Döring +1469 in Kyritz)
    Provincialdirektor des
    Ordens im Sachsenland,
    gereichte der Stadt
    sehr zur Ehre.

    The monastery to Kyritz
    was widely known
    as a stronghold of the dispute
    and teaching.
    Father Mathias
    (Mathias Döring +1469 in Kyritz)
    Provincial Director of
    Order in Saxony,
    brought the town
    great honor.

  2. Two Franciscan monks pray for a sick

    Kyritz - Bassewitzbrunnen

    Die Franziskaner
    einst gründeten hier
    ein Kloster im
    Kyritzer Revier.
    Der Schwachen, Kranken,
    Siechen und Armen,
    taten sie sich
    mit Gott erbarmen.

    The Franciscans
    once established here
    a monastery in
    the Kyritzer region.
    The weak, the sick,
    the ill and the poor,
    did they
    mercy with God.

    Stele 2: Kyritz

  3. A draper and a tailor

    Kyritz - Bassewitzbrunnen

    Die Kyritzer der frühen Tage
    schufen Wohlstand
    durch ihre Ware.
    Tuchmacher und Schneider
    waren die erste Zunft.
    Sie saßen im Rat
    und schlossen mit der
    Hanse den Bund.

    The Kyritzers of the early days
    created prosperity
    by their goods.
    Drapers and tailors
    were the first guild.
    They sat in the council
    and concluded with the
    Hanse the covenant

  4. Two men with beer kegs

    Kyritz - Bassewitzbrunnen

    Das Kyritzer Starkbier,
    “Mord und Totschlag”
    genannt,
    war am Fürstenhof und in
    Hansestädten bekannt.
    Sein Name hier
    zugleich Omen sei,
    Manch Trinkgelage endete
    als Rauferei.

    The Kyritz strong beer,
    "Murder and Manslaughter"
    called,
    was at the court and in
    Hanseatic cities known.
    His name here
    was also Omen,
    Many drinking session ended
    as brawl.

    Stele 3: Carl Diercke and Kyritz an der Knatter

  5. Teacher ("Carl Diercke 1842-1913") and students

    Kyritz - Bassewitzbrunnen

    Carl Diercke
    (*1842 in Kyritz +1913 in Berlin)
    ist ein Sohn dieser Stadt,
    einer der weit bekannten.
    War Lehrer, Schulreformer,
    Geograph, ernannt zum
    Geheimen Regierungsrat,
    Urheber von Schulkarten
    und der Diercke Atlanten.

    Carl Diercke
    (* 1842 in Kyritz +1913 in Berlin)
    is a son of this town,
    one of the far known.
    Was teacher, school reformer,
    Geographer appointed to
    Privy Councillor,
    Author of school maps
    and Diercke atlases

  6. Stagecoach and name sign "KYRITZ an der Knatter"

    Kyritz - Bassewitzbrunnen

    “Kyritz an der Knatter”
    - welch ein Posse -
    Liegt an der Jäglitz
    und nahe der Dosse.
    Doch die Reisenden
    tat immer verdattern,
    Das unaufhörliche
    Mühlen-Knattern.

    "Kyritz on the Knatter"
    - What a farce -
    it lies on the Jäglitz
    and near the Dosse.
    But the traveler
    was always fuddled,
    by the incessant
    mills-rattling.

    Signature

    WK 2007

    Kyritz - Bassewitzbrunnen

    Sculptor

    Sources & Information

    Tags

  7. Bassewitz, robber baron
  8. Cartographer
  9. Diercke, Carl
  10. Döring, Mathias
  11. Draper
  12. Fountain
  13. History Sculpture
  14. Monk
  15. Tailor
  16. Teacher
  17. Witte-Kropius, Jan
  18. Woman with bowl
  19. Location N 52°56'32" E 12°23'51"

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