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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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  • A statue of Roland, who perhaps when the Square is empty can be seen in a better context. When we visited it was overwhelmed by the local stalls. 
  • It is an interesting place, but nothing as bombastic as it is presented. A few photos and a quick stop is more than enough
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  • The statue stands in the town square. Almost missed it due to all the stalls for the freimarkt. Seeing it's size it should be impossible. Very impressive part of Bremen history. 
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  • One of those "must visit" places in Bremen. A nice yard with beautiful architecture 360 degrees around you and statue of Roland in the middle. I was trying to busk here with bagpipes but Turkish guys have claimed the area already and had to go somewhere else.
  • Very nice place to visit. The statue is in very good condition. Don't forget to take a picture!
  • You could say there was a statue there. In fact, you would probably be right about it. Granted, the statue could be gone by now. You can never trust those statues to stay where you put them...
  • Great atmosphere!
  • One of the top sights in Bremen right in front of the old city hall.