for All Ages
Town Hall Square, with Statue of Roland, Bremen, Germany
Bremen's town hall, the Rathaus, is a World Heritage Site. Built in the early 1400's, it was never destroyed.
Roland. The statue in a prominent position in front of the Rathaus. Some say he was the nephew of Charlemagne, was killed by Basques in a retreat from fighting the Moors, but the story changes depending on whether it is the long Song of Roland, or earlier oral traditions, or later legends. He became the patron saint of market towns, signifying the bestowal of a charter on that town and fostering is economic success. Freedom and market rights! Bestow on these, but not on those. See ://www.rathaus.bremen.de/detail.php?gsid=bremen54.c.2309.de
Why his knees are dark we do not know. But clearly soiled they are.
Now: The Bremen Town Musicians. Who? You think you know?