Welcome to Bad Godesberg
‘Encounter‘ by Eva de Maizière
Eva de Maizière, ‘Encounter’, 1978
This post has nothing to do with history but concerns an artwork which speaks to me. I would like to introduce you to a sculpture in Bad Godesberg, a southern suburb of Bonn. Often remembered for its abundance of embassies during the time when Bonn was the capital of West Germany. The “Bad” (spa) refers to its older history as a place with a spring with health benefits. Continue reading
The library of my alma mater, Bonn University, has reason to celebrate: 645 books, which had been missing since WWII, have returned home. Among the books, many of them unique, are 11 medieval manuscripts, 2 medieval documents and 39 incunabula. Continue reading
Today, I would like to celebrate a birthday that is special to me: my alma mater, the University of Bonn, is 200 years old. Compared with some other European universities that may not seem like much, but it is still a memorable feast. Continue reading
Siegfried von Westerburg refound in
The story of a forgotten archbishop
Siegfried von Westerburg, archbishop of Cologne, was buried in 1297 in Bonn Minster, where he seems to have had the unfortunate fate to get forgotten.
Bonn Minster from the north looking west
The Brückenmännchen in Bonn –
a cheeky little sculpture on a bridge
When we visited Bonn earlier this year, we went for a walk along the Rhine, as you do. To our surprise, we spotted on the Kennedy Bridge the sculpture of a man rather cheekily sticking his bum out at us, the Brückenmännchen, which translates as “little bridge man”. It turns out that this little sculpture plays an important part of the history of the bridge.
The Brückemnmännchen in Bonn – also a welcome resting place for pigeons
Bonn’s bridges across the Rhine –
Connecting Bonn to its eastern neighbours
Bonn is situated on the western side of the river Rhine. Understandably, a way to cross the river has been important for a long time, both for commercial and military reasons. On the opposite, the eastern, side of the river is Beuel. Beuel has since 1969 been a suburb of Bonn, incorporating all the area on the right-hand side of the Rhine, which consisted of various parishes. One example is Oberkassel, where the couple from the Ice Age was found.
There is a legend that Julius Caesar had the first bridge built in 55 BC when fighting the Gauls. However, archaeologists say that’s all that it is: a legend. Continue reading
St Martin in Bonn –
Ernemann Sander tells the story of the saint in reliefs at the Bonn Minster
This time of the year brings a lot of memories of my childhood. 11 November is St Martin’s Day and that’s a very important date in the area of the Rhineland where I grew up with lots of traditions associated with this day. The story of St Martin is told in four bronze reliefs by Ernemann Sander, set into a wall next to Bonn Minster. Continue reading
The Double Burial of Bonn-Oberkassel:
a man, a woman – and a dog
In March this years I had the opportunity to meet a special couple and their pet in the exhibition “Hunters of the Ice Age – Living in Paradise” (23 October 2014 – 28 June 2015) at the Landesmuseum Bonn, Germany. The man and the woman – and the dog – were the double burial of Bonn-Oberkassel. Continue reading