Manhole cover in Jena

Manhole cover in Jena

The manhole covers of Jena display the city arms. In the middle, archangel Michael pushes a lance into a dragon’s mouth. The upright black lion refers to the Margraves of Meissen. Noteworthy is the bunch of grapes below the dragon. [German]

The grape symbolizes the wine-growing area around Jena, which was already known in the Middle Ages. Over time, it fell into oblivion. Today, enthusiastic winegrowers strive for a renaissance of the local viticulture.