The Caritas Well (Caritasbrønden) is the oldest fountain in Copenhagen. It was built in 1608 by Christian IV and is located on Gammeltorv, now part of the Strøget pedestrian zone. It is considered one of the city's finest Renaissance monuments.

The Caritas Well is a result of a relocation and modernization of an older fountain erected by Frederik II. He provided for the construction of a 6km long water tube from Lake Emdrup north of the city to Gammel Torv. The altitude difference being 9 metres, the water pressure was adequate for a fountain to be constructed. Though ornamental in character, the well was also part of the city's water supply system.

The figure group is originally carved in wood by the German wood carver Statius Otto in Elsinore for casts afterwards to be made in bronze. The figures depict the greatest of the three theological virtues love or charity, caritas in latin, symbolized by a pregnant mother with her children. The figures stand on a column in a copper basin. The copper basin is raised above a lower basin on a stone pillar. The woman sprays water from her breasts while her little boy 'pees' into the basin.

On the Queen's birthday, copperballs covered in 24 carat gold, symbolizing golden apples, jump in the fountain. The tradition goes back to the 18th century.

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Founded: 1608
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Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)

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Nikola Kudrna (20 months ago)
Fountain on Gammeltorv, one of several squares on the main street of Strøget.
Anuj Chopra (2 years ago)
The place is quite small but very happening as it is surrounded by a couple of small shops. Even during the night the lights keep it good.
The journey of slow student (2 years ago)
A beautiful square inside the Danish city of Copenhagen
Riaz Ali (2 years ago)
A beautiful square within the walking street. The whole site is soothing.
Arun Kumar (2 years ago)
Caritas fountain is also called Caritas Well . This made in 2608 by Christian 4 and is located on Gammeltorv. This place is known for Golden apples jumping on the birthday day of the birthday of Denmark Queen. This is now a part of pedestrian zone here
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