Manhole cover in Gotha

Manhole cover in Gotha, Germany

This manhole cover near Friedenstein Castle (Schloss Friedenstein) in Gotha shows the coat of arms of Thuringia. With the inscription it promotes the foundation “Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten“. This foundation, based at Heidecksburg Castle, takes care of about thirty castles, monasteries and parks in Thuringia. [German]

The coat of arms of Thuringia shows the Bunter Löwe (colorful lion) of the Ludowinger. This is a seven times divided lion. Its colors red and silver start with a red head. For historical reasons Hessen owns a similar coat of arms. In this coat of arms the lion carries a silver head and is not surrounded by stars.

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