Musicians of Bremen Monument, Riga
The Town Musicians of Bremen is a statue that stands behind St Peter’s Church. The statue is a gift to Riga from the German city of Bremen. There has been links between the two cities for a long time. Already in the 12th century there were trade between the two cities.
The theme of the statue is based on a fairytale written by the Grimm brothers. It is of four animals, a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster.
The “Town Musicians of Bremen” is a folktale from the collections of the Brothers Grimm, in which four animals (a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster) leave their farmyard homes and set off for Bremen where they hope to spend their declining years as musicians. On their way they encounter some robbers in a cosy cottage and (to cut a long story short) manage to frighten them away by standing on each others’ backs, making a terrible din and generally fooling the robbers into thinking they are being attacked by far more fearsome beings such as an ogre and a witch. The animals then move into the cottage and live happily ever after, without ever reaching Bremen.
So what is this statue doing here in Riga? Well, Bremen is twinned with Riga, but that is not the only reason. The sculpture was a gift from Bremen in 1990 and was intended to make a statement about perestroika. As one website, Live Riga, puts it: “You can see surprise in the animals' eyes, but they are not staring at the robbers' feast; they are peering through the Iron Curtain!” The animals have found a brave new world just as did the people of Latvia when they achieved independence shortly after its installation.
You can see by the way that these bronze animals all have very shiny noses – it is considered lucky to rub them, even though reaching the rooster means quite a climb!
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The Musicians of Bremen is a "different" type of sculpture.
The statue was a gift from the city of Bremen, an exact replica of the one in the Rathaus in Bremen. Bishop Albert of Riga, originally came from the city of Bremen in Germany.
When reading about the sculpture, I found it was to do with a popular story, and the four bronze animals were characters from the story. The animals on the statue are a donkey on the bottom, with a dog, then a cat, and finally a rooster. They look a bit petrified or scared, perhaps people have rubbed their noses raw hoping for some good luck!
The Musicians of Bremen Statue is strategically placed between three major churches in Riga, Saint Peter's, Saint John's and Saint George's churches. The German city of Bremen, by the way, is twinned to Riga and the statue is a 1990 gift from the german town
It is a bronze statue with the figures of four animals from the Musicians of Bremen's story: the donkey, the dog, the cat and fthe rooster. This statue is the exact replica of the statue in the city hall of Bremen.
If you are interested in learning more about the Musicians of Bremen, you can read the popular story by clicking on the link below.
It is nice to see in Riga sculpture in not so formal way of design (not famous artist, etc). Sculpture of Bremen musicians is quite nice and I remember the time when I have been watching scenes of this tale.
Sometimes tale’s heroes have bigger influence to people than famous people who live (lived) in real life.
Bremen is by far my favourite city in Germany. Unfortunately, I have the bad luck that my job is in Hamburg and so I never got the chance to live there. I visit the town quite frequently to see some of my friends. Sometimes, while changing trains to Oldenburg or Münster, I extend my stay in Bremen a little longer than necessary. So, I was happy to see two things in Riga reminding me of Bremen. First,. The Roland statue in front of the town hall. Then, the Bremen town musicians behind St. Peter’s church. Everything’s just like in Bremen (where a similar sculpture is located near the dome, called St. Petri…). Oh, did I mention that Riga and Bremen are sister cities?
The Musicians of Bremen, was a gift from Riga's twin city in 1990. Riga's close connection with its fellow Hansa City goes back many centuries, indeed the town's 13th-century constitution was based on that of Bremen. The sculpture, which is an exact replica of the one in Bremen City Hall, depicts the four animals from the story.
To remember the ties between Bremen and Riga and as a reminder of the great Hanseatic past Bremen donated this funny memorial of the “Bremer Stadtmusikanten”, a theme of a verry popular saga there.
Bremen is a logical twin city for Riga. They were closely connected in the Hanse and the mediaeval architecture in both cities shows the same spirit. Riga was somewhat more lucky under the Second World War because other than in Bremen not very much of it was destroyed. And now Riga is reviving somewhat of the ancient Hanseatic spirit and becoming again a very active commercial centre opening to the world. In the Tsarist Russia Riga was the second most important port of Russia.
Walking around Saint Peter's Church, on the other side of entrance stands the statue of Bremen Town Musicians. They are from famous brother Grimm fairy-tail Bremen Town Musicians. Just as in the tale beneath stands donkey than on top of him stand dog, cat and on top there is rooster. This statue is a gift from Bremen which also has similar statue in the town.
The Musicians of Bremen Statue is located between three major churches in Riga, the Saint Peter's, Saint John's and Saint George's churches. It is basically a big hunk of granite with four bronze figures of animals from the popular story, The Musicians of Bremen. The animals on the statue are the same characters as in the story, a donkey stands on the bottom, with a dog on it, then a cat, and finally on the very top is a rooster. The statue itself was a gift from the city of Bremen, Germany, because of cultural, and economical cooperation between the two cities in the year 1990. The statue in Riga is the exact replica of the one in the Rathaus (city-hall) in Bremen.
I found this statue in front of St. John's Church and do not know what it is about. My first though was the fairytale of the Grimm Brothers "The Bremen Town Musicians".