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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  • It is a very nice and old statue. That definitely has to be seen ... it is hard to avoid, since it is located right by the old town hall.
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  • Roland statue is a beautiful statue located in Marktplatz in the city of Bremen. You can see it, if you visit the central part of the old town of the city. It is beautiful, but not exceptional. In Bre...  more »
  • Come soon because it is in the middle of the square Grote Markt. What is 10 meters. It is quite large and respectable image. It is a symbolic presence of the Markt.
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  • It's on Markplatz. Symbolizes Bremen's independence as a hanseatic league town (Roland's nephew of Charlemagne), built in 1404, a model for similar statues in other hanseatic league towns.
  • Recommended for tourists. If you come to visit Town hall and city center, do try and visit this place too :)
  • 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.
  • Interesting square and with a lovely cathedral ...visit the cathedral museum for a journey through Protestant history.
  • Unesco world Heritage place.. Beautiful..!

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