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Roland

Roland was the name of a young knight who died a hero fighting against the Saracens as he defended his emperor, Charlemagne. The Roland statues are a symbol of town rights and freedoms - especially in the old trading cities, which became wealthy and powerful. The oldest statues are documented as originating in the 12th and 13th centuries. They are still standing today in various European cities: in Riga, Dubrovnik, Prague and Verona - and of course in Bremen. For 600 years, the Roland statue, carved from stone, has stood before the town hall as the guarantor of the Hanseatic city's freedom. Its wooden predecessor was burnt down in 1366 as a "heretical symbol" by the followers of Archbishop Albrecht II.

According to legend, Bremen will remain free and independent for as long as the Roland statue stands and watches over the city. For this reason, a second Roland statue is allegedly hidden in the vaults of the town hall, so that it can be quickly positioned as a replacement, should the original Roland fall. The stone giant is arguably the oldest free-standing monumental figure in Germany. True to say perhaps, that it is thanks to the the protection of Roland's shield that Bremen's town hall with its magnificent renaissance facade has escaped destruction right up to the present day? In any case, the statue of Roland was a symbol of market freedom in the middle ages and a sign of the city's independence. And Bremen has always been proud and mindful of its statue.

We have adopted Roland in our name to symbolize our identification with the City of Bremen and with free world trade.