Famous fountains in Torun

The fountain of the Old Town in Torun

The fountain of the Old Town in Torun ©Jason Riedy/Flick

The city of Torun might not be as famous as other Polish cities, but is a real beauty. It has many architectural tourist attractions from various time periods. Today we present you two famous fountains of Torun.

One of the most popular fountains of the city of Tortun is inaugurated on the 22nd of June in 2008 and it is called the Cosmopolis Fountain. It is a unique place in the city because it is dedicated to the memory of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and refers to his work 8 pages known as the “On the Revolutions of Heavenly Bodies”.

 

The Cosmopolis Fountain

Modeled after the heliocentric system of Copernicus, the Cosmopolis Fountain in Torun is covered with granite tiles with an inscription in Latin and consists of 113 water nozzles situated on the orbits of the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. On the musical rhythms of the song “Cosmopolis” specially created for the inauguration of the fountain, by the renowned composer and author of musical films, Polish Krzesimir Debski, the water jets that are arising from the central nozzle are symbolizing the sun nd reaches a height of 5 m, while those on the orbits of the planets reach only 4.5 m.

The Cosmopolis Fountain in Torun

The Cosmopolis Fountain in Torun ©Jason Riedy/Flick

Tourists can enjoy the spectacle of water, light, color and sound, be it winter or summer. But in peak season, the electronic fountain is scheduled to start three times after sunset, at 20.00, 20.30 and 21.00 and the show lasts about 15 minutes. Lately, the nocturnal program of the water, light and sound was enriched by famous musical themes for example from the “Love Story” and the “Gladiator”.

The Cosmopolis Fountain in Torun

The Cosmopolis Fountain in Torun ©foto4lizzie/Flick

The fountain of the Old Town

Another fountain in Torun that attracts the visitors is located in west side of the Town Hall, in the Old City, built in 1914. It is a small fountain made ​​of bronze, depicting some frogs sitting on its edge and look at the statue of the boy playing the violin, known as Janko Muzyka. This is the German version of the story of the city known as the “Pied Piper” and talks about a witch in town, that was chased by locals. In a sign of revenge, it cast a curse on Torun to be invaded by frogs. The mayor of the city offered a bag of gold and his daughter’s hand as a reward to anyone who could save the city from the frog invasion. Then came a poor boy from the country who began playing the violin. Enchanted of his music, the frogs followed him into the forest, and the city was saved.

The fountain of the Old Town in Torun

The fountain of the Old Town in Torun ©Jason Riedy/Flick

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