Basiliskbrunnen Basel. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Basilisk of Basel

Basel is the city of the Basilisk. The Basilisk is a mythological creature from ancient Greece, half-cock, half-snake.

This creature could kill with its gaze. The only protection was to hold up a mirror to so that it fell dead on the spot or to keep it out of the sunlight, the only time of day where its powers worked.

These creatures are the holders of the city coat of arms and they are the guardians of bridges and water wells. The Basilisk fountains were created in 1884 by Wilhelm Bubeck (1851-1890).

The city coat of arms in bronze and a drinking trough at the foot of the base are the main features. The water comes from his mouth. A total of 39 were made, 28 remain nowadays.

They are scattered throughout the city and along the banks of the Rhine.

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