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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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  • Here you can say only one thing: A visit to Bremen without the Roland has been no visit to Bremen to have seen. A huge and very old, well-preserved statue of Roland must impress every visitor. She has no peers.
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  • Named world heritage by the Unesco, the Roland statue representing justice with sword in hand, the imperial coat of arms, and that characteristic baldachin
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  • I knew the bekenis a "Roland" image is not, so the story of this was a nice short history lesson. If you open your eyes in the center you can see him without saying, because all historical city sights are close to each other. With a length of more than 5 meters is the largest in Germany this Roland and thus far more impressive than for example a manneke pis. That does not mean, however, that I find the very special or interesting to see.
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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.