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Der Bremer Roland, 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. Work out when and for how long to visit Der Bremer Roland and other Bremen attractions using our handy Bremen tour itinerary maker app.
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  • There are many Roland statues around Europe but the one in Bremen is the oldest surviving one. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is located in the city center and is easy to find. 
    There are many Roland statues around Europe but the one in Bremen is the oldest surviving one. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is located in the city center and is easy to find.  more »
  • Impressive statue! Right in front of the Cathedral. Big part of the city dating back to centuries ago 
    Impressive statue! Right in front of the Cathedral. Big part of the city dating back to centuries ago  more »
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  • Statue of the mythological Roland. This statue is an emblem of the city freedom and rights in the past. Now it's one of the Bremen's symbols. Together with the city hall - a part of the the UNESCO World Herritage.
  • Large statue in the middle of the square. It is near the Town Musicians as well as St. Peter’s Cathedral, so definitely a visit while in the area.

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