Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Köln
Stadt Köln

Nordrhein-Westfalen

Rathausplatz
(Rathausturm)

Statuen am Rathausturm

Statues at the Town Hall Tower

Various sculptors
1981-86/2008

Köln /  Statuen am Rathausturm   Köln /  Statuen am Rathausturm

Description

The Tower of the Cologne Town Hall shows 133 statues. Except for the statues above the entrance there are statues of 124 persons related to the history of Cologne. Heavily damaged, almost destroyed, in the Second World War the tower was reconstructed in 1975, but without the statues. The new sculpture program was developed in 1981 for a period of five years by a commission of historians. The history of Cologne should be considered up to the present, however, no living person, no 'negative figures' should be displayed. In 1986, the basic concept has been decided:

The sculptures were made by 57 sculptors from Weiberner Tuff, a volcanic stone from the Eifel. Five old figures were restored and reused. In 1995, finally, all the figures were erected. For better durability, the figures had received a treatment with acrylic resin after so-called 'Ibach process'. However, this treatment led after a short time to great damage, so that the figures had to be removed. In the beginning of 2008 sculptors began with the execution of new figures, which were exact copies of the predecessors, but made from the French Savonnières limestone. Since November 2008 adorn again all 124 characters in Council Tower of Cologne.

We have not photographed all 133 statues (lack of time). The statues photographed have a 'lemonchiffon' background - and only for these statues catchwords and sculptors are included in the indexes. The statues are listed bottom to top, and starting in the staircase tower in the center of the south side and going to the left around the tower. The numbers are according to the the list on Wikipedia, which follows the order of the website of the Stadt Köln. This order is more-or-less chronolgical.

Ground floor: Princes and Prince-like personalities

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Number Name Sculptor
Date
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm West
10
Theophanu theophanv
(c. 959-991), niece of the Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimiskes. She married Holy Roman Emperor Otto II (Wikipedia).
Elisabeth Baumeister-Bühler
16 January 1990
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm Christ, St. Peter, St. Paul and six prophets
The websites on the statues on the tower list only the 124 statues in the four faces of the tower. No information is to be found there about the nine statues above the entrance.
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 11 Heinrich IV. / Henry IV heinrich iv.
(1050-1106), Holy Roman Emperor, 1084-1105 (Wikipedia).
unknown (original figure)
12 Heinrich II. von England / Henry Curtmantle heinrich ii. v. england
(1133-1189), King of England 1154-1189, granted a privilege to the Cologne merchants (Wikipedia). (Wikipedia).
Dennis Thies
15 November 1994
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 13 Otto IV. otto iv.
(1177-1218), King of Germany from 1198/1208 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1209 until he was forced to abdicate in 1215 (Wikipedia)
Olaf Höhnen
24 October 1994
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 14 Innozenz III. / Innocent III innocenz iii.
(1160/61-1216), Lotario dei Conti di Segni, pope 1198-1216 (Wikipedia)
Karl Matthäus Winter
21 October 1994
15 Friedrich II. / Frederick II friedrich ii.
(1194-1250), Holy Roman Emperor 1220-1250 (Wikipedia).
Karl Matthäus Winter
19 October 1994
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm NW corner
16
Rudolf I. rvdolf i.
(1218-1291), King of the Romans from 1273 until his death (Wikipedia).
Helmut Moos
22 December 1994
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm North
17
Urban VI. vrban vi.
According to the Stadt Köln website, the figure has to be Pope Urban IV (Jacques Pantaléon; c. 1195-1264), Pope 1261-1264 (Wikipedia).
Helmut Moos
21 May 1991
18 Friedrich III. / Frederick III friedrich ii.
(1415-1493), Holy Roman Emperor 1452-1493 (Wikipedia).
Helmut Moos
7 November 1991
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 19 Maximilian I.
(1459-1519), King of the Romans from 1486; Holy Roman Emperor from 1493 (Wikipedia).
Christine Karola Wulfert
10 January 1992
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 1 Augustus avgustvs
(63 BC - 14 AD), founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor, 27 BC-14AD. (Wikipedia).
Matthias Moritz
21 August 1989
2 Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa agrippa
(63/64 BC - 12 AD), Roman statesman, general and architect (Wikipedia).
Matthias Moritz
21 August 1989
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 3 Julia Agrippina agrippina
(15/16-59), Roman Empress (Wikipedia).
Heribert Calleen
11 September 1989
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 4 Marcus Cassianius Latinius Postumus postvmvs
(260-268), Roman commander of provincial origin who ruled as emperor in the west (Wikipedia).
Henryk Dywan
22 October 1991
5 Konstantin der Große / Constantin the Great constantin der grosse
(c. 285-337), Roman Emperor from 306 to 337 (Wikipedia).
Henryk Dywan
10 December 1991
NE corner
6
Sigibert von Köln / Sigobert the Lame sigibert von ripvarien
(490-c. 507/08), king of the Franks in the area of Zülpich (Latin: Tolbiac) and Cologne. (Wikipedia).
Ernst Robert Wyrobeck
24 October 1989
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm East
7
Plektrudis / Plectrude plektrvdis
(† c. 720), consort of Pepin of Herstal, the mayor of the palace and duke of the Franks (Wikipedia).
Thomas Torkler
13 May 1992
8 Karl der Große / Charlemagne karl der grosse
(unknown place 742 - Aachen 814), King of the Franks (since 768) and Emperor (since 800) (Wikipedia).
Thomas Torkler
7 July 1992
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 9 Otto I. der Große / Otto the Great
(912 - Memleben 973), founder of the Holy Roman Empire, reigning from 936 until his death in 973 (Wikipedia)
Georg Krautkrämer
11 June 1992

First floor: important personalities for the town (Middle Ages to early 17th century)

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Number Name Sculptor
Date
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm West
20
Hildebold von Köln / Hildebold of Cologne hildebold
(before 787-818), bishop of Cologne, 787-795 (Wikipedia).
Adem Yılmaz, with Titus Reinarz
1 December 1994
21 Äbtissin Ida / Abbess Ida æbtissin ida
(† 1060), significant abbess of the convent of St. Maria im Kapitol (Wikipedia).
Peter Kürten (?), original figure
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 22 Rupert von Deutz / Rupert of Deutz rvpert von devtz
(c. 1065-1129), Benedictine theologian, exegete and writer on liturgical and musical topics (Wikipedia).
Stefan Kaiser
22 December 1994
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 23 Rainald von Dassel / Rainald of Dassel reinald von dassel
(1118/20-1167), archbishop of Cologne, 1159-1167, and archchancellor of Italy (Wikipedia).
Ernst Thevis
29 November 1994
24 Nikolaus von Verdun / Nicholas of Verdun nikolavs von verdvn
(before 1150-1205), French artist, one of the most famous goldsmiths and enamelists of the Middle Ages (Wikipedia).
Wilhelm Albermann (?), original figure
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 25 Sela Jude sela jvde
(c. 1180-after 1230), widow of the Cologne patrician Daniel Jude, founded the first beguinage (Wikipedia).
Petra Astrid Kroll
10 December 1991
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 26 Gerhard Unmaze gerhard vnmaze
(† c. 1198), Cologne merchant, one of the founders of the Cologne banking (Wikipedia).
Rainer Walk
29 November 1991
27 Konrad von Hochstaden konrad von hochstaden
(c. 1205-1261), archbishop of Cologne, 1238-1261 (Wikipedia).
Rainer Walk
30 October 1991
NW corner
28
Meister Gerhard / Master Gerhard gerhard von riele
Gerhard von Riele († c. 1261), the first master mason of Cologne Cathedral (Wikipedia).
Hilarius Schwarz
4 October 1989
  North
29
Matthias Overstolz
† c.1268
Wolfgang Binding, with Daniel Hein
4 February 1992
  30 Gerhard Overstolz
† 1288
Wolfgang Binding, with Norbert Meyer
4 February 1992
  31 Gottfried Hagen
before 1286-c. 1300
Karl Matthäus Winter
10 March 1992
  32 Johann I. (Brabant)
1252/53-1294
Elisabeth Perger
17 January 1992
  33 Meister Eckhart
c. 1260-1328
Elisabeth Perger
31 October 1990
  34 Hilger Quattermart von der Stesse
c. 1340-1398
Andreas Rosenkranz
4 December 1991
  35 Stephan Lochner
c. 1400-1451
Hans Karl Burgeff
23 January 1990
  36 Heinrich von Beeck
15. Jh.
Hans Karl Burgeff
23 January 1990
  NE corner
37
Ulrich Zell
† 1507 (?)
Hans Karl Burgeff
12 May 1992
  East
38
Fygen Lutzenkirchen
† after 1515
Wolfgang Reuter
11 February 1992
  39 Heinrich Agrippa von Nettesheim
1486-1535
Wolfgang Reuter
11 February 1992
  40 Hermann von Neuenahr der Ältere
1492-1530
Karl-Josef Dierkes
26 June 1991
  41 Adolf Clarenbach
c. 1495-1529
Rudolf Wuttke
31 March 1992
  42 Anton Woensam
before 1500-1541
Rudolf Wuttke
31 March 1992
  43 Arnold von Siegen
c. 1490-1578
Wilhelm Albermann (?), original figure
  44 Johannes Gropper
1503-1559
Erwin Nöthen
20 December 1994
  45 Hermann von Weinsberg
1518-1597
Erwin Nöthen
20 December 1994
  SE corner
46
Heinrich Sudermann
c. 1520-1591
Erwin Nöthen
23 September 1994
  South
47
Michael von Aitzing
c. 1530-1598
Alexander Iven, original figure
  48 Caspar Ulenberg
1548-1617
Titus Reinarz
29 November 1994
  49 Peter Paul Rubens
1577-1640
Hans Karl Burgeff
23 November 1994

Second Floor: important personalities for the town (17th up to the late 19th century)

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Number Name Sculptor
Date
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm SW corner
50
Jan von Werth jan von werth
(1591-1652), German general of cavalry in the Thirty Years' War (Wikipedia).
Hans-Joachim Bergmann
23 February 1990
West
51
Joost van den Vondel joost van den vondel
(1587-1679), Dutch poet, writer and playwright, born in Cologne (Wikipedia).
Paul de Swaaf
24 September 1991
52 Aegidius Gelenius ægidivs gelenivs
(1595-1679), one of the most respected Cologne historians of his time (Wikipedia).
Paul de Swaaf
3 September 1991
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 53 Melchior von Reidt melchior von reidt
(before 1590-after 1624), cabinetmaker in Cologne (Wikipedia).
Marlene Dammin
5 February 1991
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 54 Katharina Henot katharina henot
(† 1627), German postmaster and an alleged witch, burned at the stake for sorcery in Cologne in Germany (Wikipedia).
Marianne Lüdicke
12 May 1989
55 Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld friedrich spee v. langenfeld
(1591-1635), German Jesuit and poet, most noted as an opponent of trials for witchcraft (Wikipedia).
Marianne Lüdicke
28 November 1990
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 56 Anna Maria de Heers anna maria de heers
(c. 1610-1666), Flemish Ursuline (Wikipedia).
Paul Nagel
22 October 1990
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 57 Anna Maria van Schurman anna maria van schvrman
(1607-1678), Dutch (born in Cologne) painter, engraver, poet, and scholar, who is best known for her exceptional learning and her defense of female education (Wikipedia).
Elisabeth Perger
4 March 1991
58 Nikolaus Gülich nikolavs gvelich
(1644-1686), in the 1680s the leader of a protest movement against the cliques of contemporary Cologne city rulers (Wikipedia).
Jürgen Schreiber
23 February 1990
NW corner
59
Johann Maria Farina johann maria farina
(1685-1766), Italian perfumier who created the first Eau de Cologne (Wikipedia).
Olaf Höhnen
18 March 1991
  North
60
Ferdinand Franz Wallraf
1748-1824
Johann Peter Schilling
12 September 1989
  61 Heinrich Gottfried Wilhelm Daniels
1754-1827
Johann Peter Schilling
11 June 1992
  62 Maria Clementine Martin
1775-1843
Elisabeth Perger
24 October 1989
  63 Peter Heinrich Merkens
1777-1854
Stefan Kaiser
14 January 1991
  64 Sulpiz Boisserée
1783-1854
Stefan Kaiser
14 January 1991
  65 Georg Simon Ohm
1784-1854
Stefan Kaiser
17 March 1989
  66 Friedrich Wilhelm IV. (Preußen)
1795-1861
Hon Sang Tong
1 October 1990
  67 Ernst Friedrich Zwirner
1802-1861
Hon Sang Tong
24 October 1990
  NE corner
68
Robert Blum
1807-1848
Hon Sang Tong
21 October 1992
  East
69
Ludolf Camphausen
1803-1890
Michael Eichhorn
18 March 1991
  70 Abraham Oppenheim
1804-1878
Michael Eichhorn
11 September 1991
  71 August Reichensperger
1808-1895
Hans-Otto Lohrengel
20 November 1989
  72 Karl Joseph Daniel DuMont
1811-1861
Theo Heiermann
1 October 1990
  73 Ferdinand Hiller
1811-1885
Theo Heiermann
14 May 1991
  74 Mathilde Franziska Anneke
1817-1884
Katharina Hochhaus
2 June 1992
  75 Moses Hess
1812-1875
Heribert Calleen
23 June 1992
  76 Gustav von Mevissen
1815-1899
Heribert Calleen
23 June 1992
  SE corner
77
Jacques Offenbach
1819-1880
Klaus Balke
14 May 1991
  South
78
Karl Marx
1818-1883
Helmut Moos
6 September 1988
  79 Hermann Heinrich Becker
1820-1885
Helmut Moos
21 October 1992
  80 Franz Carl Guilleaume
1834-1887
Georg Paul Maria Ahrens
4 December 1991

Third Floor: important personalities for the town (late 19th and 20th centuries)

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Number Name Sculptor
Date
  South
81
Max Bruch
1838-1920
Olaf Höhnen
6 January 1990
  Southwest
82
Nicolaus August Otto
1832-1891
Theo Heiermann
5 November 1990
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 83 Eugen Langen
(1833-1895), entrepreneur, engineer and inventor, involved in the development of the petrol engine and the Wuppertal monorail (Wikipedia).
Theo Heiermann
5 November 1990
West
84
Hermann Josef Stübben hermann josef stvbben
(1846-1936), architect and urban planner (Wikipedia).
Karl Matthäus Winter
1. August 1990
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 85 Mathilde von Mevissen mathilde von mevissen
(1848-1924), Suffragette and educational politician (Wikipedia).
Sepp Hürten
25 February 1992
86 Karl Trimborn karl trimborn
(1854-1924), lawyer and politican (Wikipedia).
Sepp Hürten
25 February 1992
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 87 Wilhelm Marx wilhelm marx
(1863-1946), lawyer and politican (Wikipedia).
Karl-Josef Dierkes
10 January 1992
Northwest
88
Max Isidor Bodenheimer
(1865-1940), lawyer and one of the main figures in German Zionism (Wikipedia).
Erwin Nöthen
17 January 1992
  89 Benedikt Schmittmann
1872-1939
Toni Zenz
6 March 1990
  North
90
Georg Fritze
1874-1939
Joachim Droll
29 January 1992
  91 Hans Böckler
1875-1951
Titus Reinarz
16 February 1990
  92 Konrad Adenauer
1876-1967
Titus Reinarz
7 November 1991
  93 Willi Ostermann
1876-1936
Herbert-Paul Labusga
11 November 1991
  Northeast
94
Amalie Lauer
1882-1950
Katharina Hochhaus
26 February 1993
  95 Joseph Kardinal Frings
1887-1978
Elmar Hillebrand
1 October 1990
  East
96
Christine Teusch
1888-1968
Klaus Kampert
1 October 1991
  97 Wilhelm Sollmann
1881-1951
Hans Karl Burgeff
15 July 1991
  98 Josef Haubrich
1889-1961
Hans Karl Burgeff
26 June 1991
  99 Hertha Kraus
1897-1968
Majka Wichner
29 January 1992
  Southeast
100
Bernhard Letterhaus
1894-1944
Martin Krämer
28 January 1992
  101 Irmgard Keun
1905-1982
Marieluise Schmitz-Helbig
1 October 1991
  South
102
Heinrich Böll
1917-1985
Olaf Höhnen
10 March 1992

Fourth Floor: Patron saints

The chronological order starts at the north face.
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Number Name Sculptor
Date
  South
116
Bruno I.
925-965
John-Michael Bachem
10 September 1990
  Southwest117 Heribert von Köln
c. 970-1021
Friedrich Lindenthal
28 November 1990
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 118 Anno II. anno ii.
(c. 1010-1075), archbishop of Cologne, 1056-1075 (Wikipedia).
Werner Franzen
8 October 1990
West
119
Bruno von Köln / Bruno of Cologne brvno der kartævser
(c. 1027/30-1101), founder of the Carthusian Order (Wikipedia).
Andreas Rosenkranz
10 May 1990
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 120 Engelbert I. von Köln engelbert i. von berg
(c. 1185/86-1225), archbishop of Cologne, 1216-1225, and count of Berg (as Engelbert II) (Wikipedia).
Titus Reinarz
28 May 1992
121 Albertus Magnus albertvs magnvs
(c. 1193-1280), German Dominican friar, scholar, founder of the university in Cologne (Wikipedia).
Titus Reinarz
12 December 1986
Köln - Statuen am Rathausturm 122 Johannes Duns Scotus johannes dvns scotvs
(c. 1265-1308), one of the three most important philosopher-theologians of the High Middle Ages (Wikipedia).
Andreas Dilthey
10 September 1991
Northwest
123
Adolph Kolping adolph kolping
(Kerpen 1813 - Köln 1865), German Catholic priest, who founded several Catholic apprentice associations, one of which became the International Kolping Society (Wikipedia).
Dieter Heuft
28 November 1990
  124 Edith Stein
1891-1942
Paul Nagel
12 May 1992
  North
103
Petrus
† um 67
John-Michael Bachem
4 February 1991
  104 Kaspar Elisabeth Perger
3 December 1992
  105 Melchior Elisabeth Perger
3 December 1992
  106 Balthasar Elisabeth Perger
3 December 1992
  Northeast
107
Gereon von Köln
c. 270 - 304
Matthias Moritz
18 September 1990
  108 Ursula von Köln
4. Jh.
Rainer Walk
20 June 1989
  East
109
Maternus
† um 328
Rolf Dunkel with Georg Krautkrämer
30. April 1990
  110 Severin von Köln
c. 400
Walter Hutz
16 June 1992
  111 Evergislus
† um 594
Walter Hutz
17 June 1992
  112 Kunibert von Köln
c. 600-663
Majka Wichner
3 May 1990
  Southeast
113
Weißer Ewald
† 695 (?)
Hans-Otto Lohrengel
30 October 1991
  114 Schwarzer Ewald
† 695 (?)
Klaus Balke
22 June 1992
  South
115
Agilolf von Köln
c. 8. Jh.
Elisabeth Baumeister-Bühler
30. April 1990

Sculptors

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Tags

  • Dywan, Henryk
  • Engelbert II of Berg
  • Entrepeneur
  • Façade with statues (secular)
  • Farina, Johann Maria
  • Feminist
  • Franzen, Werner
  • Frederick II (emperor)
  • Frederick III (emperor HRE)
  • Gelenius, Aegidius
  • General
  • Gerhard, Master
  • Goldsmith
  • Gülich, Nikolaus
  • Heers, Anna Maria de
  • Heiermann, Theo
  • Henot, Katharina
  • Henry II (King of England)
  • Henry IV (emperor)
  • Heuft, Dieter
  • Hildebold of Cologne
  • Historian
  • Höhnen, Olaf
  • Humanist
  • Hürten, Sepp
  • Ida (abbess)
  • Innocent III, Pope
  • Jesuit
  • Jude, Sela
  • Kaiser, Stefan
  • Kolping, Adolph
  • Krautkrämer.Georg
  • Kroll, Petra Astrid
  • Kürten, Peter
  • Langen, Eugen
  • Lawyer
  • Lüdicke, Marianne
  • Marx, Wilhelm
  • Mason
  • Maximilian I (emperor)
  • Merchant
  • Mevissen, Mathilde von
  • Monarch
  • Moos, Helmut
  • Moritz, Matthias
  • Nagel, Paul
  • Nöthen, Erwin
  • Nun
  • Otto I (emperor)
  • Otto IV (emperor)
  • Paul, St.
  • Perfumier
  • Perger, Elisabeth
  • Peter, St.
  • Philosopher
  • Plectrude
  • Politician
  • Pope
  • Postmaster
  • Postumus, Marcus Cassianius Latinius
  • Priest
  • Prophet
  • Reidt, Melchior von
  • Reinarz, Titus
  • Rosenkranz, Andreas
  • Rudolph I (emperor)
  • Schreiber, Jürgen
  • Schurman, Anna Maria van
  • Schwarz, Hilarius
  • Sigobert the Lame
  • Spee, Friedrich (von)
  • Stübben, Josef
  • Swaaf, Paul de
  • Theologian
  • Thevis, Ernst
  • Thies, Dennis
  • Torkler, Thomas
  • Town Hall
  • Trimborn, Karl
  • Unmaze, Gerhard
  • Urban IV, Pope
  • Verdun, Nicholas of
  • Vondel, Joost van den
  • Walk, Rainer
  • Werth, Johann von
  • Winter, Karl Matthäus
  • Witch
  • Writer / poet
  • Wulfert, Christine Karola
  • Wyrobeck, Ernst Robert
  • Yılmaz, Adem
  • Zionist
  • Location N 50°56'18" E 6°57'33"

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