This fountain sculpture has been in its place on the market square since 1901, and is nowadays one of the city’s landmarks. It celebrates Liesel, the patron saint of the poor. According to legend, the model who posed for the sculpture had to work as a gooseherdess as she was born the illegitimate child of a highly respected man who wished to keep his paternity of her a secret. The “Gänseliesel” is by now probably one of the most-kissed women in Göttingen, as it is a popular custom among university graduates to kiss the sculpture after passing their doctoral exams. Since 1990 visitors have only been able to see a replica on the market square, as the original is in the Metropolitan Museum.
37073 Göttingen, Germany