Bike Touring Highlight
The Trostbrücke leads over the Nikolaifleet and originally connected the episcopal old town around the area of the cathedral and Petrikirche with the count's new town. The present building was built in 1881/82 according to plans by Franz Andreas Meyer, the origins of which go back to the 12th century. The two statues on the bridge, created by Engelbert Peiffer, represent: Saint Ansgar as the founder of the cathedral and first archbishop of the city, stands for the old town, while Count Adolf III. zu Schauenburg, Stormarn and Holstein represents the secular Neustadt built by him.
December 8, 2020
"The bridge of consolation, already mentioned in 1266, once adorned with the consolation of Christianity, the cruzifix, connected the old town, which has been mainly spiritual since Archbishop S. Anschar’s time, with that of Adolf III. Neustadt, the St. Nicolai parish, dedicated to the world traffic of Counts zu Schauenburg, Stormarn and Holstein. Adjacent to the common town hall and courthouse, like later the stock exchange and bank, these palladiums of the free city, it was also a secular bridge of consolation for our Qakers walking here for many decades. May the memory of the divine protection and consolation in the difficult times of Hamburg’s past remain alive and comfortably for us and our descendants in the future.
The consolation bridge was last built from scratch in 1881. "As mentioned on the sign, the Trostbrücke connected the old and new parts of Hamburg, which were separated by the Nikolaifleet. Incidentally, contrary to the information on the sign, the namesake is said to have been a certain property owner named Trostes. Some also suspect that a last stop on the bridge gave consolation to the condemned on the way from the courthouse to the nearby gallows.Today's bridge, the successor to countless structures since 1266, was built in 1881-82 and shows the stone statues of St. Ansgar and Count Adolf III. to Schauenburg, Stormarn and Holstein. Ansgar stood for the episcopal old town, the count for the prosperous new town with the port as a trading center.hamburger-sammelsurium.de/trostbruecke.html
July 11, 2021
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