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Roland Statue, 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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  • This important statue of Roland, Bremen's mercenaries' protector, is located next to the Town Hall- at the Marktplatz. You can't miss it as it's a tall statue dated from the 15th century.  more »
  • Roland was a historic person, who died in the service of Charlemagne about 744 AD during a battle in the Pyrenees - between Moorish Spain and Francia (land of the Franks - eventually to be known as Fr...  more »
  • This Roland is okay but we prefer the other one that has bees living in him! The other is in Burgerpark. He is in a little grass clearing between the trees and can be seen if you walk or bike ride fro...  more »
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  • Bremen Roland is a statue which celebrates trading rights since the 1400's. There are others around Germany, but apparently this is the biggest. It's obviously important and nice to see, but I wouldn't suggest you travel far too see it. Bremen is beautiful so see the statue while you're here.
  • Centrally situated. .. popular and great for local dishes and beer 😎
  • I always miss with this place, such a memorable things to have with Roland
  • Must see when in Bremen. Very central and a great foto spot too.
  • My first thought was - that can be Roland from Dark Tower by Stiven King!))) But no, this is no true) monument itself is quite nice, located in the center of the old square