Bremen Town Hall and Roland Statue

Bremen, Germany

Bremen Town hall was built between 1405 and 1410 and the Weser Renaissance facade added in the 17th century. The Town Hall and the statue of Roland on the marketplace are outstanding representations of civic autonomy and sovereignty, as these developed in the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. The old town hall was built in the Gothic style in the early 15th century, 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 bombardment during the Second World War.

The stone statue of Roland was initially erected in 1404 in representation of the rights and privileges of the free and imperial city of Bremen. The statue of Roland is associated with the Margrave of Brittany, a paladin of Charlemagne.

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Am Markt 20, Bremen, Germany
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Founded: 1404-1410
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Halina Maladtsova (2 years ago)
Highly recommend the tour of the inside. Our English guide (I forget his name but remember that his mother is Turkish) was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was a great way to learn the history of Bremen!
jeremy noah (2 years ago)
The beautiful Bremen City Hall is the seat of the President of the Senate and Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. It is one of the most important examples of Brick Gothic and Weser Renaissance architecture in Europe. Since 1973, it has been a protected historical building. In July 2004, along with the Bremen Roland statue, the building was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A must've seen in Bremen!
Bruce Chamberlain (2 years ago)
Beautiful to look at at night when they light up the city hall
Ruben Rodrigues (2 years ago)
I love how all medieval aged german cities have a marketplatz with a church and a rathaus. I am in love with all of this!
A.K. Young (2 years ago)
This Gothic, UNESCO world heritage site was amazingly restored to its prewar glory. You can enjoy it and the surrounding walking area. And, you can get a tour of the interior -- definitely worth the effort. This is the history-rich part of town.
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