Maulbronn Fountain

© Jean B. Hall

Maulbronn Fountain

Uploaded: November 11, 2008


The Fountain House at Germany's Maulbronn Monastery, built between 1340 and 1350, is where Cistercian monks once paused to wash themselves before and after meals. The current three-tiered fountain, though typical of the Cistercian style, was created in 1878 – after the monastery had become a Protestant school – out of unrelated bowls from three different centuries.

Overhead on the vaulted ceiling are original paintings from 1511, and the windows surrounding the fountain are each topped by three quatrefoil (four-petaled) windows. The quatrefoil is a Christian symbol with several meanings: the cross; the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; and God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and the church.


Stefania Barbier level-addict November 11, 2008

GORGEOUS!!! perfect exposure and capture Jean! #1033771

Kerry Hill November 11, 2008

Beautiful composition and pov! Awesome capture Jean! #6743116

Jean B. Hall November 11, 2008

Thank you so very much, Stefania and Kerry, for your kind and supportive comments. #6743194

Tommy E. Burgess November 12, 2008

Beautiful capture Jean! and thank you for the background. #6743419

Ron McEwan November 12, 2008

Really you have done your homework, and great pictures to go along with it. Nice work here Jean well done indeed. #6744494

Jean B. Hall November 12, 2008

Thanks so much, Tommy and Ron. #6744712

Beverley Scott November 12, 2008

I love the symmetry and tones in your beautiful image, Jean, well done. #6747030

Debra R. Harder November 12, 2008

Beautiful capture, Jean, of this gorgeous fountain! Fabulous exposure, details and comp! Deb #6747374

Jean B. Hall November 13, 2008

Thanks very muc for your kind comments, Beverley and Debra. #6749745

John Connolly November 18, 2008

A marvelous capture Jean, and thank you for all the detail of this old fountain! #6771089

Jean B. Hall November 18, 2008

Thanks for your encouraging comments, John! I really appreciate them. #6771385

Hendrik Storme November 26, 2008

So well composed and very beautiful image!!! #6812188

Jean B. Hall November 26, 2008

Thanks very much, Hendrik. #6813616

Dennis S. Brennan December 06, 2008

I like the balance and symmetry in this shot. #6859566

Jean B. Hall December 06, 2008

Thanks very much, Dennis. #6859717

Jean B. Hall April 11, 2009

Thanks so much for your nice comments and kind wishes, Gabby! Hope you'll have a lovely holiday too. #7395911

Jennifer A. Lambert August 31, 2010

3 yrs late...but Im here. This is such a BEAUTIFUL PLACE and fountain. I love this shot...the feel of the photo is "Cool" like u just came out of the sun and found this fountain in the shade. LOVE IT. Jenny N Bama #8872783

Jean B. Hall August 31, 2010

Thanks so much for your kind comment, Jenny. I really enjoyed touring the monastery. #8872912

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