Roland fountain

Roland fountain

Emperor Maximilian II had the Renaissance Roland fountain on the Hlavne namestie (Main square) built, when a big fire broke out in the town after his coronation in 1563. Its author is a stonemason Ondrej Luttringer from Deutsch Altenburg, who completed it in 1572. The fountain consists of a massive circular tank 9 metres in diameter. In the middle of the tank, there is standing a 10.5 m high column concluded with a statue of a knight in suit of armour, who represents the knight Roland, a legendary defender of city rights. Others consider it to be a portrait of Maximilian II.

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