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Germany
Magdeburg
Stadt Magdeburg

Sachsen-Anhalt

Alter Markt

Magdeburger Roland

Magdeburg 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)
Martina Seffers
2005

Magdeburg /  Magdeburger Roland   Magdeburg /  Magdeburger Roland

Description

Sandstone statue of Roland of 4.8 m high. On the back is a relief showing Till Eulenspiegel.

Inscription(s)

Roland
año 778
gestorben

Signed: MS

Information Sign

MAGDEBURGER ROLAND
nach johannes pomarius von 1589
wiedererrichtet im Jahre 2005 durch den
"Freundenkreis historischer Roland"
zur Zeit des Oberbürgermeister Dr. Lutz Trümper
Other tablets shows the sponsors.

Annotation

The first mention of a Roland statue in front of the Magdeburg town hall dates from 1419. Regularly a new (wooden) statue was made. In 1631 the statue was destroyed and not replaced before 1933, when a new wooden statue by Rudolf Bosselt was made. This statue was used as firewood in the winter 1945/46. The present sandstone Roland was placed on 23 December 2005.

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Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 52°7'53" E 11°38'23"

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