The Samson Fountain stands in the cemetery square. The column, capital and figure were created by Laurent Perroud in 1548. For an explanation of the figure of Samson, please read the explanations at the Gedeon Fountain. Samson was considered in the Jewish and Christian tradition as a symbol of great physical strength, like Heracles in the Greek/Latin world in the past. This reputation is reflected in the scene Perroud chose to depict Samson: Samson encounters a lion and tears it apart with his bare hands, as if it were a harmless ram.
The fountain basin from 1772 is divided into two parts. The column has a smooth lower part, where water flows from two tubes, and a fluted upper part with a capital. On it there are two masks - one laughing, the other crying - which remind the viewer of the vicissitudes of life.
Each of the 11 fountains in the city has its own history. The figures served to educate the people. Learn more about the strict rules of water supply in old Solothurn on the fountain tour. A fountain tour is a great idea. Book right here.
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The 11 fountains and their history can also be discovered on an individual tour of Solothurn's old town.