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Trierer Stadtpatrone und Steipen-Riesen

Trier Patron Saints and Steipe-Giants

Meister Steffen Bildhauer
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Trier /  Trierer Stadtpatrone und Steipen-Riesen   Trier /  Trierer Stadtpatrone und Steipen-Riesen

Description

On the corners of the building are two knights in armour, the so-called Steipen-Riesen (Steipe giants), and between the arches four gothic saint statues, showing the patron saints of Trier, from left to right:


St. Jakobus - St. James

St. Helena

St. Petrus - St. Peter

St. Paulus - St. Paul
  1. (d. 44), one of the Twelve Apostles. Patron saint of pilgrims, soldiers and cavalrymen. Depicted holding a pilgrim's staff decorated with a scallop shell. His remains are in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (Spain) (Wikipedia).
  2. (ca. 246/50 - 330), consort of Emperor Constantius, and mother of Emperor Constantine I. She is traditionally credited with finding the relics of the True Cross (Wikipedia).
  3. (possibly died AD 67), apostle, first pope; patron saint of locksmiths and confessors. Usually holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven in his hand (Wikipedia)
  4. the Apostle, (c. 5 - c. 67 ), persecuted the early followers of Jesus before switching sides and seeking to join them. He was instrumental in creating the Christian Church. He is the protector of tent-makers, theologians and the ecclesiastical press and is depicted with a sword. (Wikipedia).

Annotation

Built in the 15th century, destroyed in 1944 and reconstructed 1968-70. The original statues are in the City Museum.

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Locatie (N 49°45'24" - E 6°38'27")

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Item Code: derp038; Photograph: 17 June 2011
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