Old Riga brings Baron Münchhausen’s adventures to life! From RT Free Video
Old Riga brings Baron Münchhausen’s adventures to life From RT Free Video
Despite the legends and fabrications surrounding Baron Münchhausen, the German nobleman was a real historical figure, and spent some of his most active years in the Latvian capital, Riga.
Many of the stories attributed to the baron are set in the city, where he served in the Russian army.
During the 18th century, Baron Münchhausen fought for Russia in two campaigns against the Ottoman Empire.
He later retired to his German estate – and regaled his friends with stories of his adventures in Russia, sprinkled with invented details.
The cock which crowns the spire of the Dome Cathedral in Riga inspired Münchhausen to make up one of his stories – about a cock who ate a star in the sky, causing darkness to fall on the city. And it was only due to the baron’s sharp shooting that light returned to Riga.
In his diary, Münchhausen writes fondly of Riga’s dreamlike buildings.
One of his tales features St. Peter’s Church, known for its tall belfry. The baron clamed to have dined on top of the belfry after a bet with friends – accomplishing the feat using magnets to save him from falling.
The Baron also liked to tell a story of how he bought a mermaid in Riga’s market – which later turned out to be an ordinary girl finding inventive ways to earn money with her brother.
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