On two sides of the tower of the New Townhall, the so-called 'Langer Franz', are glass mosaics of saints.
- (east) St. Florian (d. c. 304), commander of the imperial army in the Roman province of Noricum, responsible for organizing firefighting brigades. Martyred because is did not want to sacrifice to Roman gods. He is usually depicted as a Roman officer pouring water from a pitcher over a fire
Made by Robert Forell.
- (west) St. Michael the Archangel, the field commander of the Army of God. He is often depicted slaying Satan represented as a dragon, and with a shield with text quis ut deus (Who is like God?, a literal translation of the name Michael).
Made by Karl Graetz.
(St. Florian) rob. forell | inv. 1902
mosaik v. puhl & wagner rixdorf
Built 1900-1908 after designs from the architects Ludwig Neher and Franz von Hoven.
- Robert Forell (Bockenheim 1858 - Frankfurt am Main 1927),
- Karl Julius Grätz (Frankfurt am Main 1843 - Frankfurt am Main 1912),
Sources & Information
- Wikipedia, Langer Franz.
- Willi Stubenvoll, 'Das Frankfurter Rathaus 1896-1901', p. 415-451 in Ekkehard Mai et al., Das Rathaus im Kaiserreich: Kunstpolitische Aspekte einer Bauaufgabe des 19. Jahrhunderts (Berlin, 1982).
- Das alte Rathaus. Notizen zum Denkmalschutz 8 (Frankfurt am Main: Der Stadtkonservator, Dezernat Planung, 2014).
Location N 50°6'37" E 8°40'46"
Item Code: dehs186; Photograph: 28 September 2014
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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