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Gerolzhofen in Landkreis Schweinfurt, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
 

Spottfratze, ca. 1450

 
 
Spottfratze Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 22, 2018
1. Spottfratze Marker
Inscription.  
ursprünglicher Standort: westliche äußere Stadtmauer im Bereich des Kiliansturms

Der Zungenblecker mit der eindeutigen Aufforderung "Leck mich am...” sollte die mit dem Westwind kommenden bösen Geister, Krankheiten und Leid von den Gerolzhöfern abhalten.

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(English translation:)

Original location: the western outer city wall in the area of Kilian's Tower.

This figure with his tongue sticking out with the rather unique request to "lick my ..." was said to protect the residents of Gerolzhofen from the evil spirits, disease, and suffering that were thought to come with the west winds.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
 
Location. 49° 53.995′ N, 10° 20.955′ E. Marker is in Gerolzhofen, Bavaria, in Landkreis Schweinfurt. Marker is at the intersection of Grabenstrasse and Schulgasse, on the right when traveling west on Grabenstrasse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gerolzhofen, Bavaria 97447, Germany. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Gerolzhöfer Frauenaufstand" / The Gerolzhofen "Womens' Revolt" (a few steps from this marker); Bürgerspital / Municipal Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beadle’s Tower (within shouting

Spottfratze and Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 22, 2018
2. Spottfratze and Marker - wide view
The Spottfratze and his marker are visible on the right, with the Womens' Revolt marker and memorial on the left.
distance of this marker); Spital Gate (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Altes Rathaus / The Old City Hall (about 120 meters away); Parish Church (about 120 meters away); Baroque Crucifixion Sculpture (about 120 meters away); The Former Adminstrative Building (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gerolzhofen.
 
More about this marker. The marker is visible on the southern side of the city wall, easily see when walking west along the pedestrian path that follows that stretch of the wall.
 
Spottfratze - the mocking, grimacing imp image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 22, 2018
3. Spottfratze - the mocking, grimacing imp
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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Sep. 22, 2020