Polychrome statue of St. Nicholas with three children in a barrel above the entrance of the Cusanusstif.
Saint Nicholas Legends
Saint Nicholas is depicted as a bishop, wearing the insignia of this dignity: a red bishop's cloak, a red miter and a bishop's crozier. Attributes often refer to two of the most famous legends:
The legend that he three bags of gold to a merchant so he would not sell his daughters into slavery is commemorated by showing him holding in his hand either three purses, three coins or three balls of gold.
The legend that he raised three murdered theology students from the dead is depicted by three figures climbing out of a wooden barrel.