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Südniedersachsen-Coin "Göttinger Gänseliesel Geocoin "Göttinger Gänseliesel" Piraten-Geocoin

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Saturday, 15 June 2013
Niedersachsen, Germany
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(Text copied from my friends Pystykorvats `Pystyliesel´)

The "Gaenseliesel", the most kissed woman in the world!
Soon after the fountain was erected, newly-enrolled students of the Georgia Augusta university (Goettingen, germany) began to climb up the fountain and to kiss the statue which rapidly became a university tradition. Because the climbing of the fountain was usually celebrated with excessive consumption of alcohol and loud cheers of fellow students and because the number of students largely increased after World War I, police issued a decree in 1926 that officially forbade the climbing and kissing of the statue. A law student who was prosecuted for kissing the goose girl in the same year, took the case to court. However, the superior court of justice in Berlin legitimated the edict.

The tradition itself has changed over time, and today it is unusual for first year students to kiss the statue; it is now more common to bring a bouquet of flowers to the Gänseliesel and to give her a kiss after one's official reception of the doctorate degree. It is for this reason that the fountain is decorated with flowers very frequently, and throughout the year. Until today, climbing and kissing of the monument remains officially forbidden although both the city of Göttingen and the university advertise themselves with pictures of PhD graduates kissing the girl.

As the fountain has been subject to vandalism, the original statue of the goose girl can today be seen in the Stadtmuseum while the fountain only carries a copy. After a severe assault during the winter of 2004 (malicious arson), the fountain needed to be disassembled and underwent major restoration.

Since 1995, each year on a weekend in September the city of Göttingen stages the so-called "Gänselieselfest" in honor of the goose girl. Main event of these festivities is the election of a young woman from Göttingen as the Gänseliesel, representing the town and the statue for one year.

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    Discovered It 10/18/2017 Geoflode discovered it   Visit Log

    Må slette litt bilder på en stappfull mobil. Starter med å logge sporbare langt tilbake i tid ;)
    ROGEO 22. august 2015

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    OPC :)

    Discovered It 05/22/2016 Deety discovered it   Visit Log

    Thanks for the discovery. It was fun to read about your adventures there.

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    Discovered It 11/17/2015 Andreia&Telmo discovered it   Visit Log

    Obrigado pela partilha.

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    Discovered It 09/04/2015 Maggiekvi discovered it   Visit Log

    Sett den på ROGEO 2015

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    Discovered at rogeo

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    Sett på ROGEO 2015 - takk for titten.

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    Oppdaget denne på en kjekk tur på Rogeo 2015.

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    Oppdaget på Rogeo 2015

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