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Fassadenstatuen der Ottheinrichsbau

Façade statues on the Otto Henry wing

Alexander Colin

Heidelberg /  Fassadenstatuen der Ottheinrichsbau   Heidelberg /  Fassadenstatuen der Ottheinrichsbau


The entrance of the palace is flanked by four allegorical statues, above the entrance a relief portrait of Ottheinrich with on top a statue of Caritas (a woman with two children).

Heidelberg / Fassadenstatuen der Ottheinrichsbau

Moreover, in the façade there are sixteen statues of allegorical figures representing the program of Ottheinrich's reign. We photographed only the four of the lower storey in detail.

Lower story: the mythical heroes Josua, Samson, Hercules and David with the following texts:

Josua Samson Hercules David
Der hertzog Josua
durch Gotteß macht
Ein und dreissig ku
nig hat umbracht
Samson der starck ei[n]
Nasir Gotteß war
Beschirmet Israhel
wol zwentzig Jar
Joviß sun Hercules
bin Ich genandt
durch mei[n] herliche
thaten wol bekandt
David war ei[n] Jung
ling gehertzt und klug
Dem frechen Goliath
den kopff abschlug
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In the tympans above the windows are eight portraits of Roman emperors.

First storey: The five virtues of a Christian ruler: Force, Faith, Charity (the figure above the entrance), Hope, and Justice.

Second storey: Personifications of the planets: Saturn, Mars, Venus, Mercurius, and the Moon.

On the top of the façade personifications of Jupiter and the Sun.


Sources & Information


  • Colin, Alexander
  • David (king)
  • Façade with statues (secular)
  • Hercules / Heracles
  • Josua
  • Ottheinrich von der Pfalz
  • Samson
  • Tympanum
  • Virtues
  • Locatie (N 49°24'39" - E 8°42'56") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: debw057; Photograph: 26 September 2011
    Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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