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Der Bremer Roland, Bremen

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The Bremen Roland is a statue of Roland, erected in 1404. It stands in the market square is unsheathed, and his shield is emblazoned with the two-headed Imperial eagle.The standing figure is 5.47 m tall, and stands on a 60 cm rostrum. A supporting column, crowned by a baldachin, brings the combined height to 10.21 m. The statue was carved in limestone from Elm, and was commissioned by the city fathers to replace a wooden one burnt in 1366 by Prince-Archbishop Albert II. It confronts the church as a representation of city rights opposed to the territorial claims of the prince-archbishop.Statues of Roland appear in numerous cities of the former Holy Roman Empire, as emblems of city liberties, Stadtrechte. The Roland statue at Bremen is the oldest surviving example. From Bremen the symbol of civic liberty and freedom spread to other cities and has become a symbol of the new Europe. Since 1973, it is protected by the monument protection act. In July 2004, along with the town hall, the statue was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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  • One of many statues found in Bremen. However Roland statues are common in lots of places in Germany.  more »
  • Roland statues are typical for northen and eastern Germany. In middle age it was a sign of town privileges, nowadays it is a prove of a long history of the city. Bremer Roland is more richly...  more »
  • The Roland statue overlooks one of the most beautiful squares/ city hall in all of Germany!
  • Perfect center of a beautiful small city

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