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Bodor Fountain

The Bodor Fountain at the north end of Margaret Island in Budapest is a replica of the world-famous 1820 Bodor in Transylvania.

Bodor Fountain
Margaret Island – Budapest
GPS: 47.535277, 19.052106

The Bodor Fountain at the north end of Margaret Island was completed in 1936.

It is a replica of the world-famous Bodor well originally built for the main square of a small Romanian town in 1820. The original well, which was the work of Transylvanian handyman Péter Bodor, included a clock and musical mechanism operating inside the domed cupola.

The clock and musical mechanism were powered by running water that came through wooden pipes.

On the top of these structures is a statue of Neptune, showing the time with his harpoon. The statue makes one full turn every 24 hours. The musical fountain in Romania was damaged by a severe snowstorm in 1836, and the remains were finally removed in 1911.

In this Budapest reproduction, the musical tower is run by electricity and not hydraulics. During World War II, the well was severely damaged and was only restored in 1954. However, the musical function was only repaired in 1997.

Every hour ON the hour, different medieval-sounding Hungarian melodies can be heard.
Every hour on the HALF hour, a four-trombone tune is played.
Every hour on the 45-minute mark, a brief narrated introduction about the well can be heard.

From spring till end of autumn you can sip drinking water from the three small fountains created on the ground floor. To meander between the musical interludes of this well, and the peace and calm of the neighboring Japanese zen garden.. would be a day well spent.

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