Statues - Hither & Thither

France
Andlau
Bas-Rhin

Alsace

Rue du Docteur Stoltz

L'ours d'Andlau

The Bear of Andlau

Roland d' Andlau
1997

Andlau /  L'ours d'Andlau   Andlau /  L'ours d'Andlau

Description

Bronze sculpture of a standing bear, eating grapes.

Inscription(s)

Signed: r. d'andlau / 1997 1/8

Andlau and the bear

The bear is the symbol of Andlau and Saint Richardis of Swabia.

According to the Richardis, the wife of Emperor Charles the Fat was in 887 accused of misconduct by her husband. To show his innocence she submits herself to the test of fire. Barefoot and wearing a shirt covered with wax, she passes through the flames unharmed. Although her innocence was proved, she left the imperial palace and went into the forest. An angel appeared and ordered her to found a monastery at the place to be supplied by a bear. At the entrance of the Val d'Eleon, on the banks of the river, she sees the beast announced scraping the ground.
At that spot she founded the abbey of Andlau. Since that time, Andlau is the bear village, 'le village aux ours'.

Sculptor

Tags

Location N 48°23'11" E 7°25'1"

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