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Jan & Griet

According to the legend, private Jan was spurned by Griet. But in the year 1638 he entered the city via the Severinstor [this gate] as field marshall-lieutenant Jan von Werth. When Jan and Griet, who sat at the gate as market-woman, recognized each other, their exchange of words ended thus:

Jan: "Griet! If they had done it!"

Griet: "Jan! If they had known it!"

Donated by Franz-Josef Broicher

Virgin in Cologne's Triumvirate 1964

submitted by @schwanmitbrille

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