• Registration Year

    2004

  • Registered Sector

    The Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen

Registration Criteria

Criterion (iii): the Bremen Town Hall and Roland bear an exceptional testimony to the civic autonomy and sovereignty, as these developed in the Holy Roman Empire.

Criterion (iv): The Bremen Town Hall and Roland are an outstanding ensemble representing civic autonomy and market freedom. The town hall represents the medieval Saalgeschossbau-type of hall construction, as well as being an outstanding example of the so-called Weser Renaissance in Northern Germany. The Bremen Roland is the most representative and one of the oldest of Roland statues erected as a symbol of market rights and freedom.

Criterion (vi): the ensemble of the town hall and Roland of Bremen with its symbolism is directly associated with the development of the ideas of civic autonomy and market freedom in the Holy Roman Empire. The Bremen Roland is referred to a historical figure, paladin of Charlemagne, who became the source for the French ‘chanson de geste’ and other medieval and Renaissance epic poetry.

Historical Reference

  • The Town Hall and Roland on the marketplace of Bremen in northwest Germany are outstanding representations of the civic and trading rights as they developed in the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. The old town hall was built as in the Gothic style in the early 15thcentury, after Bremen joined the Hanseatic League. The building was renovated in the so-called Weser Renaissance style in the early 17th century. A new town hall was built next to the old one in the early 20th century as part of an ensemble that survived the bombarding during the Second World War. The statue is stands 5.5m tall and dates back to 1404.
Dr. Carsten Sieling
Mayor
Town Hall of Bremen, Senatskanzlei
Am Markt 21
28195 Bremen, Germany
Tel:
+49 421 361 6132
Fax:

Email:
office@sk.bremen.de
Ms Kornelia Buhr
Head of Division for Administration and responsable of world cultural heritage site
Town Hall of Bremen, Senatskanzlei
Am Markt 21
28195 Bremen, Germany
Tel:
+49 421 361 6132
Fax:

Email:
kornelia.buhr@sk.bremen.de