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".