In the faç of the Haus zum Römer - one of the buildings forming Frankfurt's town hall - are four sandstone statues on consoles. They depict four emperors with a special relationship to Frankfurt:
- Friedrich I - Friedrich I. Barbarossa / Frederick I Barbarossa (ca. 1122 - 1190), German Holy Roman Emperor. He was elected King of Germany at Frankfurt on 4 March 1152 and crowned in Aachen on 9 March, crowned King of Italy in Pavia in 1155, and finally crowned Roman Emperor by Pope Adrian IV, on 18 June 1155
Frederick I Barbarossa was the first Roman Emperor who was chosen in Frankfurt. Sculpted by Kowarzik.
- Ludwig I - Ludwig IV. der Bayer / Louis IV
(München 1281/82- Puch bei Fürstenfeldbruck 1347)
King of Germany (King of the Romans) from 1346, King of Italy from 1327 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1328
Ludwig the Bavarian granted Frankfurt a number of important privileges such as the right to a second fair in each year, the approval for the building of a town hall and the possibility of urban expansion. Sculpted by Kowarzik.
- Karl IV - Karl IV. / Charles IV
(Praha 1316 - Praha 1378)
King of Germany (King of the Romans) from 1314, King of Italy from 1355 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1355
Karl IV's golden bull made Frankfurt to be a statutory electing town of the empire. Sculpted by Hausmann.
- Maximilian II Maximilian II
(Wien 1527 - Regensburg 1576)
Holy Roman Emperor from 1564
Maximilan II was the first emperor crowned in Frankfurt. Sculpted by Hausmann.
- Friedrich Christoph Hausmann (Wien 1860 - Bad Soden am Taunus 1936),
- Joseph Kowarzik (Wien 1860 - Cannes 1911),
(ÖBL, Band 4, S.175).
Sources & Information
- Wikipedia, Römer (Frankfurt am Main).
- Willi Stubenvoll, 'Das Frankfurter Rathaus 1896-1901', p. 415-451 in Ekkehard Mai et al., Das Rathaus im Kaiserreich: Kunstpolitische Aspekte einer Bauaufgabe des 19. Jahrhunderts (Berlin, 1982).
Location (N 50°6'37" - E 8°40'54")
Item Code: dehs191; Photograph: 28 September 2014
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