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Church Well at St Kilian's Square
Many legends are entwined around this source, an original Alemannic water sanctum, which is assumed to be the eponym of the Franconian king’s court “Helibrunna” and the city.
This seven pipes well (Siebenröhrenbrunnen) is said to have given the city of Heilbronn its name, as it was mentioned in 741 for the very first time as “villa helibrunna” (village with a holy or healing well). In 1541, Balthasar Wolff turned the brook that once flowed through Kirchbrunnenstraße into a major public well (18m by 6m). Even though the well capacity was very high, it ran dry during the age of industrialisation.
In 1904, the Gothic oriel was rebuilt to commemorate the source of the city's name. When St Kilian's Square was redesigned in 1988, the well was given a more prominent position. Today, it is fed by a source, as well as by water supplied by the Heilbronn water works.
Kiliansplatz, 74072 Heilbronn