Goerresplatz - Fountain, Koblenz
This is a very old area as some Romans artifacts have been found here. In the Middle Ages it belonged to the Castor order, later to the Jesuit order. In the 19C, it was gradually built up and was transferred into municipal ownership. On the Görresplatz, the Publisher of Carl Baedeker, who became famous through his travel guide lived 1827 - 1872. OF which I have copies !!!
The Görresplatz change over the years going from one name to other such as been called the "Great square", a parade ground, the French called it "Green square or place verte". In the end it was finally called "Goebenplatz". The Görresplatz received its current name in 1946, in memory of the Koblenz-based publicist and historian Joseph Görres.
The most here is the history column (Historiensäule) located on the square. The fountain tells the story on a column about 10 meters high in ten vertically arranged three-dimensionally depicted scenes of the city of Koblenz. In 1992, the history column is a gift of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate to the 2000 years anniversary of the city of Koblenz.
Nice stunning and beautiful fountain statue. Some of the meanings are here translated Roman Fort settlement, A boat laden with casks of wine symbolizes the Roman settlement from 1st to 5th century. Krongut and conference location ;Frankish Royal Court between the 6th and 9th century.The Empire to the electorate of Trier ,the figures symbolize the affiliation from Koblenz to the Archbishopric of Trier in the 10th until the 12th century. crusades / slave trade: Koblenz in the 12th and 13th century, the age of the Crusades. thriving urban community: Figures represent the thriving town of craftsmen, merchants and ecclesiastical dignitaries from the 13th to the 16th century with horses. 30 years war: The city skyline at the time of the thirty years war and the persecution of witches. French Revolution: Memory of the warlike events during and after the French Revolution to 1800. Prussian epoch: Representation of a mighty fortress, and thus the Prussian Koblenz in the 19th and 20th centuries. destruction in 1944: The destroyed Koblenz after the bombing of 1944 during the second world war. future-oriented city :Symbolizes the rebuilt and facing to the future city of today.
Josef-Görres-Platz is a very pleasant open space to the south-west of Koblenz's Altstadt, near the river Rhine. It is named after Josef Görres (1776 - 1848), a writer, journalist and political pamphleteer who was born in the city.
The central fountain holds the 'Historiensaeule' (history column). Erected in 2000, created by Jürgen Webers, it's a 10-metre tall depiction of Koblenz's known 2000-year history, from the Romans to modern times.
I was very impressed by the concept and its execution though a bit frustrated that I couldn't see the details of the depictions of more recent times. That's because they are several metres above eye-level. :-/ A rather-washed-out photograph on the information board isn't quite the same....
Despite that, the Historiensaeule is worth a close look (well, as close as you can get, given the water surrounding it) and the square itself is a pleasant place to sit awhile and ponder.
This square is named for a local publisher, historian and poet, Josef Görres, whose name it took in 1946 having been previously known variously as Großerplatz, Paradeplatz or under the French, Place Verte. It was part of the original Roman city and for a while belonged to the Jesuits, before being developed as a town square much as we see today. Famous residents of the square include one very appropriate to Virtual Tourist readers – between 1827 and 1872 Carl Baedeker had his publishing house here, famous for its guidebooks.
But today the square is most noted for the almost 13 metre high column in its centre, the Historiensäule or history column. This column, as the name suggests, tells the history of Koblenz. It covers ten significant periods from the Roman period (1st to 5th centuries AD) up to and including the present day. A useful information board explains them all. Starting at the foot we see:
1. The Roman fortified settlement, 1st-5th centuries
2. An important crown-owned city and meeting place, 6th-9th centuries
3. Moving from French rule to that of Trier, 10th-12th centuries
4. The era of crusades and trading in slaves, 12th-13th centuries (my second photo is of this section - the sparrow is real, not part of the carving!)
5. A prospering community, 13th-16th centuries
6. Thirty Years War and the persecution of witches, 17th-18th centuries
7. The French Revolution, around 1800
8. The Prussian period, 19th-20th centuries
9. Second World War destruction, 1944
10. Today’s forward-looking town
Supporting all of these at the base of the column is a boat, a Weinschiff – very appropriate since Koblenz is a city built in part on the success of the wine trade (seen in my third photo). The column was a gift from the Land Rhineland-Palatinate to mark the 2,000th anniversary of the city of Koblenz in 1992, although not completed until 2000.
It’s also worth a quick wander around the rest of the square which seemed to me more “every day” and less touristy than some other parts of the old town. There are a number of bars here and if driving you might also be interested to know that there is an underground car park here.
Next tip: some more fountains
the historiensaeule (history column) was built in the center of gorresplatz by juergen webers in 1992. this unique column traces the history of koblenz from roman times to the present. gorresplatz is named after the koblenz poet josef goerres.
This square is named after a once famous poet named Josef Goerres, who came from Koblenz. This square is GREAT at night, as there are some GREAT cafes here--this is where people come at night. in the iddle of the square is an incredibly beautiful fountain, that is incredibly detailed. The fountain tells the entire history of Koblenz--from the Romans at the bottom of the fountain, through the take over by Louis XIV, napolean, the destruction of WWII, until you reach the top of the fountain showing the final reconstruction of the city as you see it today. Don't miss it!
pictured is a close up of the base of this unique column. these are romans rowing down the rhine or mosel river. the gorresplatz has a number of nice cafes, restaurants, and shops.