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Opening Hours : 24 Hours

Entry Fee : None (Public View)

Additional Information : Donner Fountain is situated near several attractions of the city such as the National Opera and St. Stephen's Cathedral, and falls right on the way to or from the Imperial Crypt under the Capuchin Church in the Neuer Markt.

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Donner Fountain, Vienna Overview

The Donner Fountain, Donnerbrunnen in German, is a Baroque structure in central Vienna, located in the heart of the Neuer Markt Square. The fountain was built by a famous sculptor Georg Raphael Donner and unveiled in 1739 on the name day of Emperor Karl VI. The centerpiece of the fountain is a statue of Providentia, the Roman divine personification of envisage and prophesy. There are four figures surrounding the Providentia that are metaphors for four important rivers of Austria. As per local lore, the man catching fish with a trident is River Traun, the old ferryman is River Enns, the girl with a jug is River Ybbs, and the resting woman on a relief depicting battle is River March. The vision certainly makes for a great leisure and photography spot. During Empress Maria Theresa’s rule, the depiction of nudity in the statues were considered too inappropriate for public view, but they were reinstated soon afterwards. After much dilapidation over the years, the granite statues were replaced with bronze ones in 1873. The original piece is now preserved in the Marble Hall of the Lower Belvedere Palace.

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