Photographer's Note

This is the "Fountain of frogs", built exactly 100 years ago in the central square of Toruń, a medieval city in northern Poland.

The story about the frogs is remarkably similar to the more famous legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln, where a flute player was hired to help the city get rid of the rats that had invaded Hameln. When he wasn't paid properly he used his magic flute to lure all children away. They disappeared into a mountain and never came back.

Well, something like that. In Toruń, so the story goes, a witch who didn't like the treatment she received here had the city invaded by frogs through a curse. A young peasant boy saved the city by enchanting the frogs with the tunes of his fiddle to make them follow him into the woods. He was then awarded sacks of gold and the mayor's daughter. (I don't think the legend mentions anything about mutual consent.)

You can see a number of frogs adorning the fountain. They seemed to fascinate all children. Whenever I happened to walk past this place there were children playing with the frogs.

The Neo-Gothic building is neither a palace nor the Town Hall but the Post office.

There is another picture of this fountain, but from a slightly different angle, as a workshop.

Here is a larger version.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6858 W: 407 N: 13573] (64616)
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