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Fountain of Justice, Biel

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  • Bienne has a very pretty old town. Although small, it has many squares ans streets to visit. There are several little squares decorated with fountains such as this one, and you can find lots of quite....  more
    Bienne has a very pretty old town. Although small, it has many squares ans streets to visit. There are several little squares decorated with fountains such as this one, and you can find lots of quite....  more »
  • Located along Gerechtigkeitgasse in Old Town, this statue is one of last that one encounters while doing a walk of Altstadt. It was erected in 1543, and personifies Justice with her scales and sword.....  more
    Located along Gerechtigkeitgasse in Old Town, this statue is one of last that one encounters while doing a walk of Altstadt. It was erected in 1543, and personifies Justice with her scales and sword.....  more »
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  • Originating from 1571, the Fountain of Justice shows the figure of Justice with the Pope, the emperor and the sultan at its feet. It is one of the famous 11 Solithurn fountains.
  • The Fountain of Justice is one of the five that Laurent Perroud built in the mid-16th century for the city of Solothurn – the other four are those of Samson and those of Saints Ours, Maurice and George. Her image is classic: a blindfolded woman holding a sword in her right hand and a scale in her left. Beneath it, also on the capital, are four figures representing four rulers who must –or should– be subject to it: a magistrate, the pope, the emperor and a sultan, or the Grand Turk. All of this in a typology of fountains typical of Renaissance Switzerland, of which its author, Laurent Perraud, who was also a sculptor of fountains –and other works– in Neuchâtel, Delémont or Lausanne, is a good representative.

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