Due to the intensive mining activity, Kutná Hora for many years faced the problem of drinking water supplies. Water was brought to the town from its surroundings by a system of wooden piping several kilometers long. The piping flowed into tanks from where the water was drawn.
In 1493-95, Master Brikcí built a twelve sided stone structure, richly decorated with tracery and pinnacles, atop the tank. The stone fountain, very tastefully placed in the square, is a fine example of late Gothic architecture as well as a unique engineering relic.