Basiliskbrunnen Basel. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Basilisk of Basel

Basel a city with hundreds of water wells and fountains and of the Basilisk. The Basilisk is a mythological creature from ancient Greece, half-cock, half-snake.

This creature could kill with its gaze and whoever followed in its footsteps scorched. The only protection was to hold up a mirror to this creature 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 can be found as holders of the city coat of arms and guardians of bridges and water wells. A remarkable appearance are the Basilisk fountains, which were made in 1884 by Wilhelm Bubeck (1851-1890).

The city coat of arms in bronze and even a drinking trough at the foot of the base are the characteristics. The water comes from the creature’s mouth. A total of 39 were made, 28 remain nowadays.

They are scattered throughout the city, including along the banks of the Rhine. (Further information: