Mendebrunnen

Restoration – Leipzig – 1980

Leipzig, a city steeped in history, is home to a gem from the past - the Mendebrunnen. This ornate neo-baroque fountain, built in 1886, sits proudly on Augustusplatz and tells a fascinating story.

Created by talented architects Adolf Gnauth and Jacob Ungerer, the Mendebrunnen is a living testament to the former glory of Augustusplatz, once considered one of the most magnificent city squares in Europe. But the name of the fountain tells an even more interesting story. It owes its name to Marianne Pauline Mende, a remarkable woman of the 19th century.

Marianne Pauline Mende, the widow of Leipzig merchant, banker and arts patron Carl Mende, left a donation in her will for a fountain to adorn the city. However, construction costs exceeded her endowment. With the help of the estate of banker and merchant Franz Dominic Grassi, the fountain was finally erected.

The Mende Fountain itself is a masterpiece of neo-baroque architecture that brings Roman flair to Augustusplatz. The design was inspired by famous Roman fountains such as the Trevi Fountain in Rome. With its allegorical figures, including Tritons, Nereids and Hippocamps, the fountain tells the story of water as a life-giving force and economic asset for Leipzig.

Despite changes to Augustusplatz over time, the Mende Fountain retains its unique charisma. It remains not only a historical monument, but also a cherished spot for passers-by and photographers who admire its enduring beauty and heritage.The Mendebrunnen is an integral part of Leipzig's culture and a fascinating relic of the past.