"The Jupiter Column" Ladenburg Things to Do Tip by Kathrin_E

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  Jupiter column in front of the bishop's palace
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  • Jupiter column in front of the bishop's palace - Ladenburg
      Jupiter column in front of the bishop's palace
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  • Jupiter sculpture on top - Ladenburg
      Jupiter sculpture on top
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  • The Four-Gods-Stone - Ladenburg
      The Four-Gods-Stone
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Traces of Ladenburg's history are present underground and sometimes people find strange things when digging in their garden.

Maybe the most remarkable ancient Roman piece that was found in Ladenburg is the Jupiter Column and Four Gods Stone. The sculpture was made in the 2nd century A.D. and ended up in a well not much later when the germanic Alemannen took power and abandoned the Roman gods. There it survived the centuries in excellent state of conservation. The original is inside the Lobdengau-Museum in the Bishop's palace. A copy has been put up outside the palace.

A statue of Jupiter the giant rider, ready to throw a thunderbolt, can be admired on top of the column. The piedestal, the Four-Gods-Stone, depicts Juno, Minerva, Mercury and Hercules.

Directions: In front of the bishop's palace

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 20, 2009
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