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For my 100th post, I present to you my first shot of a whole new city in my travelogue, and one that I hope to return to next year (in better weather and for more than my all-too-short 3 ½ hours this year). Thanks once gain to PixelTerror for generously giving up his time for a rushed tour of the inner city.

This delightful fountain dates back to the 1920’s and is one of the few of the original 30 that still exists today. For a full view of the fountain and the attached dainty fluted drinking bowl for dogs, please see the workshop.

Basel's heraldic animal is the Basilisk, a mythical creature born of a yolkless egg laid by a seven-year-old rooster and hatched by a toad! It was reputed to be the most poisonous of animals, able to kill with but a single breath or glance. In medieval art, the basilisk symbolized the devil and the antichrist. After the Reformation, the Protestants used it as a symbol of the papacy.

There are many fanciful tales as to the reasons for Basel’s use of the basilisk. One story, for example has it that the Basilisk holding Basel's coat of arms can be traced back to an early 15th century monument (whose present whereabouts seems to be unknown) commemorating the fatal 1356 earthquake that almost levelled the city: "Basilisk, you poisonous worm and fable, now you shall hold the shield of the dignified city of Basel". The historian on altbasel.ch (http://www.altbasel.ch/fragen/basilisk.html) suggests that the most plausible theory is connected to the similarity between the names of the creature and the city. Basilea, the original name of the city is derived from the Greek Basileus (king or ruler) and means “the royal one”, while the name of the animal means “little king.” The relationship between the names of the city and the animal is obvious: Basilea - basilisk.
Tech: shot in RAW, converted to jpg without cropping, resized for TE and sharpened edges

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