Simsonbrunnen, Bern

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The Simsonbrunnen or Samson fountain is a fountain on the Kramgasse in the Old City of Bern, Switzerland. It is a Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old City of Bern.
The fountain represents the biblical story of Samson killing a lion found in. According to the story, Samson was born to a sterile Israelite couple on the conditions that his mother and her child (Samson) abstain from all alcohol and that he never shave or cut his hair. Because of his commitment to live under these conditions, Samson is granted great strength. As a young man he falls in love with a Philistine woman and decides to marry her. At this time, the Philistines ruled over the Israelites and Samson's decision to marry one causes great concern among his family. He calms their concerns and travels to marry his love. On the way he is attacked by the lion and with his incredible strength kills the lion. Later, he sees that bees have built a honeycomb in the lion's body. He uses this event as the basis of a riddle, which when not answered, gives him a pretext to attack the Philistines and lead an unsuccessful rebellion.
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  • A typical Bern fountain is a column for water. At the top is a sculpture, at the bottom of two tubes with flowing of them drinking water. The fountain is set in the 16th century. The author is a prolific master of fountain sincases Berna Hans Ging. At least three fountains here is his job. This, in my opinion, is not the most very best fountain of his. The curly-dressed, ornate resident of Bern, does not look much like Samson's hero. The sculpture is more like Dr. Aybolite, a veterinarian who treats the teeth of a domestic cat, maybe just a giant cat.
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  • It is a fountain past the clock tower. Built in 1527. It seems to be a scene in which Samson appears in the Old Testament defeats a lion.
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  • Historical place! Self safe point
  • Amazing place to see the historical old town of Berne. There are many of those very nice little fontains all over the city center. From the bear park, over the clock tower until the trainstation there are whidely spread!
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