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Roland statue in Sroda Slaska, a town in Lower Silesia.

This is not a statue of a particular person, it is a statue symbolizing the independence of the city, the right to free trade and its own jurisdiction. Such statues were erected in the Middle Ages in many cities around the world, among other in Bremen (Germany), Cheb (Czech Republic) and Dubrovnik (Croatia). Statue of Roland on Sroda Slaska was erected in 1815 after the Napoleonic wars where armies destroyed the city and caused the death of many people.

The statues of Roland refer to the historical knight and military leader under Charles the Great (8th century).

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