This large throne made of oak was constructed by four woodworkers for the International Wood Sculptor Symposium “Gotha Adelt!” in July 2011, part of the 13th annual Thuringia Days celebration. It was left standing in the Buttermarkt.

The initial idea was that Gotha was the “seedbank” for the European aristocracy–most of the European royal houses have ancestors in the Ernestine line of the House of Wettin that once ruled territories in the present-day German states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. From this came the notion to use a symbol of monarchy and power–the throne–but to make it available to all people to climb onto, thus democratizing the throne. The goddess of Justice, on the left clutches a sword while the goddess of Peace holds an olive branch. It was modeled on a medallion at nearby Schloß Friedenstein.

The image on the left is a detail from the Friedenskuss-Thron. On the right is the seal at the north entrance gate to Schloß Friedenstein. The text says: Friede ernehret, Unfriede verzehret ( Peace renewed, strife consumed.) Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, was a son of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
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