Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Ansbach
Stadt Ansbach

Bayern

Bahnhofsplatz

Sankt Georg des zerstörten Luitpoldbrunnens

Saint George of the destroyed Luitpold Fountain

(ca. 275/281 - 303)
Roman soldier from Syria Palaestina and a priest in the Guard of Diocletian, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He is immortalized in the tale of Saint George and the Dragon
(Wikipedia)


1908/1998

Ansbach /  Sankt Georg des zerstörten Luitpoldbrunnens   Ansbach /  Sankt Georg des zerstörten Luitpoldbrunnens

Description

Stone sculpture of Saint George slaying the dragon - the only part of the former Luitpold Fountain surviving World War II.

Inscription(s)

prinzrege[nt]
luitpold brun[nen]

zur erinnerung
an die 100 jahr
zugehörigkeit zur
krone bayern

LUITPOLDBRUNNEN
1908 eingeweiht
1945 hier zerstört
1998 aus trümmern errichtet
den toten zum gedenken
den lebenden zur mahnung

Information Sign

gestiftet vom
LIONS-CLUB
ANSBACH 1997

Saint George and the Dragon

The town of Silene had a pond, as large as a lake, where a plague-bearing dragon dwelled that envenomed all the countryside. To appease the dragon, the people of Silene used to feed it two sheep every day, and when the sheep failed, they fed it their children, chosen by lottery. It happened that the lot fell on the king's daughter. The king, distraught with grief, told the people they could have all his gold and silver and half of his kingdom if his daughter were spared; the people refused. The daughter was sent out to the lake, decked out as a bride, to be fed to the dragon. Saint George by chance rode past the lake. The princess, trembling, sought to send him away, but George vowed to remain. The dragon reared out of the lake while they were conversing. Saint George fortified himself with the Sign of the Cross, charged it on horseback with his lance, and gave it a grievous wound. He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle, and he put it around the dragon's neck. When she did so, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash. Wikipedia. In art, Saint George is easily distinguished from Saint Michael, the other saint dragon slayer, since Michael as archangel is always depicted with wings.

Tags

Location N 49°17'56" E 10°34'43"

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