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Location address: Germany, Bremen, Bremen, Am Markt
Number of texts: 5
There is a legend that Bremen will remain free and independent for as long as the gard Roland stands watching over the city. For this reason, it is alleged that a second Roland statue is kept hidden in the town hall’s underground vaults, which can be quickly installed as a substitute, should the original fall.
The statue was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
There are several statues of Roland in Bremen. Ths most famous one is located in front of the town hall, facing the cathedral.
The Bremen Roland is a statue of Roland, erected in 1404. It stands in the market square (Rathausplatz) of Bremen, Germany, facing the cathedral, and shows Roland, paladin of the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and hero of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. Roland is shown as protector of the city: his legendary sword (known in chivalric legend as Durendal) is unsheathed, and his shield is emblazoned with the two-headed Imperial eagle.
Linked themes: World heritage
You can see a small face at the feet of Ronald. This person represents a cripple. This cripple is linked to the size of the Bürgerpark of Bremen. A rich lady of Bremen wanted to donate a piece of land to the people of Bremen. To define the size of the piece of land, she said that it would be the plot a cripple can walk around in one day.
Linked themes: Legends and myths
Roland was set up by the rich merchants of Bremen. These merchants were fighting a battle with the church about the power over the city. It’s no coincidence that the statue of Roland is facing the cathedral of Bremen.
Linked themes: History