Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Brandenburg an der Havel
Stadt Brandenburg an der Havel

Brandenburg

Altstädtischer Markt 11
(Altstädtisches Rathaus)

Roland

Roland, a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne, became a symbol of the independence of the growing cities from the local nobility. He is depicted as a knight with a drawn sword.
(Wikipedia)

1474

Brandenburg an der Havel /  Roland   Brandenburg an der Havel /  Roland

Description

5.35 m tall stone statue of Roland in his armor, the sword straight up in his right hand, in the left dagger, in a depression on the head grows a the tuft of Houseleek (Sempervivum). According to legend, the plant protects Roland against lightning.

Annotation

This is one of the oldest preserved Roland statues.

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 52°24'50" E 12°33'14"

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