Time Travel Thursday
October 2012 - Dusseldorf Germany
Düsseldorf's Stadterhebungs-Monument was created in 1988 for the city's 700th year jubilee. The work of sculptor Bert Gerresheim, it commemorates the history of Dusseldorf beginning with the Battle of Worringen in 1288.
The battle was fought for the possession of the duchy of Limburg, and was one of the largest battles in Europe in the Middle Ages, said to have claimed more than 1100 lives.
It was designed to be read from left to right like a book and the tale is one of a great city grown from terrible conflict: the helmets and breast plates are a reminder of the savage battle for independence; the proud lion positioned next to a market cart, symbolizes the city's fierce determination to guard its market rights acquired in 1288.