In the center of the Old Market stands the Jan von Werth fountain, created in 1884 by Wilhelm Albermann. Jan von Werth was a successful equestrian general in the Thirty Years' War. At Jan von Werth in Cologne Carnival remembers the Reiterkorpf Jan von Werth.
September 22, 2018
Said by Jan un Griet
Jan von Werth memorial in CologneThe following legend is told in Cologne and the surrounding area from the life of Johann von Werth: Jan was a poor servant who had fallen in love with the handmaid Griet. Since Griet could imagine a better game than poor servant Jan, she refused his solicitation and his marriage proposal. Jan, badly hit by the rejection, was recruited for the army by a recruiter who was in town and went to war. Since Jan was a capable soldier and luck was good to him, he was able to advance to the general and achieve several victories. After the victory over the Hermannstein fortress, he moved with his troops in Cologne in a triumphal procession through the Severinstor. In doing so, he discovered his great love Griet at the market, who sold fruit there on a farm. He steered his horse towards her stand, dismounted, took off his hat and said to her: "Griet, whoever had it!" (Griet, who would have done it!). And she answered him: "Jan, who would have jewoss!" (Jan, who could have known that!). He then got back on his horse and rode away.
May 25, 2020
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