Journey through Germany (Postcards offered for the Facebook Lotteries)

Roland Statue in Bremen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the city's townhall.

The statue was erected 1404 on the market square of Bremen in the image of Roland, the paladin of Charlemangne. It faces the cathedral to represent the city rights in opposition of the territorial claims of the prince-archbishops. The first statue was made from wood and was burnt down by prince-archbishop Albert II in 1366. Such Roland statues can be found in numerous cities of the former Holy Roman Empire as emblems of city rights. The one in Bremen is the oldest of its kind to survive the centuries.


Gutenberg Museum, Mainz. It is one of the oldest museums of the art of printing in the world. It was founded in 1900, 500 years after the birth of Johannes Gutenberg and is located in the old city centre of Mainz right opposite the mighty cathedral. It honours the inventor and printer, showing how printing was done during his time as well as a collection of precions works of print like the Gutenberg Bible. There is also a section dedicated to the art of printing in other parts of the world.


Typical dress of the Black Forest, Germany. The girls on the left and right are wearing a pompom hat which is part of the traditional costume of women in that region. Red pompoms indicated an unmarried girl, while married women wear black pompoms on their hats. The two girls in the middle are wearing bridal crowns. They are worn by unmarried girls until the day of their wedding. During or after their wedding they will take off this crown and place it on or above the wedding table as a sign of peace. The first such crowns were decorated with herbs, flowers or fruit. Later more precious materials were used, like pearls, silver or gold and small mirrors. These crowns were expensive and not every family had the means to have one made. So they rented them from wealthier families. Some parishes had crowns that were given to the girls for their wedding and were then returned to wait for the next bride. You will still see them today during traditional parades and sometimes a bride who likes to keep with traditions of old will wear it on her wedding day.

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