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Nordhäuser Aar

The Bird of Nordhausen

Lothar Rechtacek

Nordhausen /  Nordhäuser Aar   Nordhausen /  Nordhäuser Aar


Large bronze crowned bird on the edge of a fountain basin.


In 1365, in the time of frequent feuds with the Counts of Hohenstein, the new village which was built south of the Mühlgraben placed itself under protection of the old or upper town of Nordhausen. To commemorate this important event a copper sheet eagle on a wooden pillar was erected. The bird directed his beak to to the upper town (to Roland) - the formerly gilded ring in his beak was a symbol of this union.

The column and probably the wooden bird have been renewed in 1693 and in 1750. In 1836, the column was regarded as an annoying obstacle to traffic, completely removed and the bird was placed on the floor Town Hall, where it Professor Theodor Perschmann rediscovered it in 1873 and incorporated it in the Municipal Museum.

Commissioned by the Erfurt architect Worschech, a copy of this "Aar" (bird) was made by Rechtacek and placed on the Market square in 2003.


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Location (N 51°30'6" - E 10°47'39")

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Item Code: deth054; Photograph: 12 August 2013
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