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This fountain, designed by Auguste Bartholdi in 1898 is surmounted by a bronze statue of Lazare de Schwendi (1522-1583). Demolished in 1940, the fountain was rebuilt after the war with a smaller fountain basin, oriented differently. The statue is now back on the former customs place.


Lazare de Schwendi was war chief between 1564 and 1568 under the emperor Maximilian II and fought against the Turks in Hungary, from where he would have brought the grape variety from Tokay. Auguste Bartholdi was inspired by this legend and decided to represent Lazare de Schwendi with a vine stock in the hand.


Schwendi fountain
Place de l'ancienne Douane
68000 Colmar

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