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Who or what is Rosemary, the stone image carved behind the choir of the 13th-14th century St. Mary's Church in Lübeck?

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Who or what is Rosemary, the stone image carved behind the choir of the 13th-14th century St. Mary's Church in Lübeck, third largest church in Germany?

posted Feb 27, 2020 by Brijesh Talwar

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A mouse
The carving is said to represent the legend of a mouse who nested in the roots of a rose tree standing in the garden of the church, with the life of which the independence of Lubeck was said to be linked; the mouse nest was thought to have caused the rose tree to die, after which Lubeck was annexed by Denmark. The carved mouse, described as a reminder that dire misfortune can arise from a lesser evil overnight, is called Rosemary.

answer Feb 28, 2020 by Madhavi Latha
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