Vennerbrunnen

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Vennerbrunnen

The Vennerbrunnen (Banner Carrier or Vexillum Fountain) is a fountain on Rathausplatz in the Old City of Bern, Switzerland. It is a Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance[1] and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old City of Bern.

History[edit]

The fountain is located in front of the old city hall or Rathaus. The Venner was military-political title in medieval Switzerland. He was responsible for peace and protection in a section of a city and then to lead troops from that section in battle. In Bern the Venner was a very powerful position and was key in city's operations. Each Venner was connected to a guild and chosen from the guild. Venner was one of only two positions from which the Schultheiß or Lord Mayor was chosen.[2] The statue, built in 1542 shows a Venner in full armor with his banner.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kantonsliste A-Objekte:Bern". KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Venner in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  3. ^ Flüeler (1982). Kulturführer Schweiz. Zurich, CH: Ex Libris Verlag AG. pp. 72–73. 

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Coordinates: 46°56′54″N 7°27′09″E / 46.948418°N 7.45239°E / 46.948418; 7.45239 (Vennerbrunnen)