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  Mittelrhein Museum with Eye Roller Relief
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  • Mittelrhein Museum with Eye Roller Relief - Koblenz
      Mittelrhein Museum with Eye Roller Relief
    by Elena77
  • Eye Roller Relief - Koblenz
      Eye Roller Relief
    by Elena77
 

When you're at St. Florin's square and you're visiting (or passing) the Mittelrhein Museum, do have a closer look at the museum's facade. The Gothic style building originally was a merchant's house and later was used as a place of assemblies and festivities. The early 15th century building is one of the most beautiful old town houses of Koblenz. And its tower houses a real particularity: a relief showing a man's face with his eyes moving in accordance with the clock right above. The clockwork makes the eyes roll each second and at hourly intervals the relief will stick its tongue out. ; )
There's a legend about the origin of the eye roller relief that says that it depicts a 16th century robber baron called Johann Lutter von Cobern who did mischief in this area and therefore was beheaded at the market square of Koblenz in 1536. Shortly before his execution he predicted prosperty to the town if only the councilmen decided to raise a momument for him.
The date of the 1st putting up of the eye roller relief is uncertain but it's safe to say that a mask similar to the present one has already been gracing the assembly hall in 17th century.

Address: Florinsmarkt 15 - 17, 56068 Koblenz
Directions: At Mittelrhein Museum, St. Florin's square at the old town
Phone: 0049 (0) 2 61-1 29 25 20
Website: http://www.koblenz.de/touristik_kultur/koblenz_allgemeine_infos_e.html

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  • Written Feb 5, 2008
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