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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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  • Impressive statue! Right in front of the Cathedral. Big part of the city dating back to centuries ago  more »
  • The legendary Roland is shown as the protector of the city. His statue stands on the Market Square, right opposite the cathedral, St Petri's dome.  more »
  • One of many statues found in Bremen. However Roland statues are common in lots of places in Germany.  more »
  • The Roland statue overlooks one of the most beautiful squares/ city hall in all of Germany!
  • Perfect center of a beautiful small city
  • Hesitant when my husband booked it but was pleasantly surprised. Comfortable beds, large bathroom and very spacious room. Plus we were the only guests for the first night so we had the entire place to ourselves. Memorable indeed😁
  • Ancient articultural buildings. Shopping and eateries . Can spend time pleasant
  • Good when you know what it’s about

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