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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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  • You can't be surprised when faced with this impressive six-metre high statue bearing the symbol of Bremen: the key of Saint Peter. A curiosity that explained the guide during a guided tour 31/07): the metal spikes on the knees of Roland the Knight had a dual function: in battle were weapons against enemy horses, in society served as units of measure. The distance was 54 cm, and in controversial cases you could Square the statue to settle the issue. During World War II, the statue was literally packed and covered by sandbags to spare it from the British bombing that destroyed 60% of the city.
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  • A very beautiful, historic Sehnswürdigkeit for Bremen. Located directly on the market in the old town. A landmark of Bremen, that you have to see.
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  • In the Summer time when a wave of tourist flooded streets of Bremen, This statue of Hanseatic hero is the ultimate place for selfie or wefie. Located in the center of Markt and St.Peter Kirche makes t...  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

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