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11Fountains Bolsward

The bat of Bolsward

“During one of my visits to Bolsward, I was looking at the shape of the façade of the Broerekerk church and suddenly saw the image of a bat before me. Bats are mysterious, wondrous creatures. They are common in folk tales. They are useful animals that fulfil a crucial place in the ecosystem with their hunt of insects. In Tjerkwerd, near Bolsward, a large colony of rare bats is carefully counted every year.

The bat is both visually and symbolically a beautiful animal. In…

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The bat of Bolsward

“During one of my visits to Bolsward, I was looking at the shape of the façade of the Broerekerk church and suddenly saw the image of a bat before me. Bats are mysterious, wondrous creatures. They are common in folk tales. They are useful animals that fulfil a crucial place in the ecosystem with their hunt of insects. In Tjerkwerd, near Bolsward, a large colony of rare bats is carefully counted every year.

The bat is both visually and symbolically a beautiful animal. In Asian culture, it is the symbol of wealth, happiness and a blessed old age. With us, the bat usually symbolizes the night and dark forces, but in popular culture it also symbolizes a positive, redemptive power – like with Batman. In tarot cards it stands for rebirth, and it helps keep demons at bay when in the form of gargoyles on cathedral façades.

This really suits the burnt down and renewed church. The Bat fountain is a symbol open to multiple interpretations. The animal remains a mystery that continually escapes us. But it also challenges us. Because the stairs at the back of the statue invite the visitor to climb the Bat and symbolically overcome it.”

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Broereplein 10
8701 JC Bolsward
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Opening hours

  • daily until December 31st, 2018

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  • Free

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