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New Bern, North Carolina: Medieval Swiss Bears of City Hall

The New Bern city hall extrudes two half-bears above its entrances, modeled on Bern, Switzerland's medieval curling-tongued bear symbol.

300 Pollock St, New Bern, NC
Downtown, on the northwest corner of Pollock and Craven Sts. It's the building with the clock tower.
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Bear Heads Breaking Through City Hall Walls

New Bern was founded in 1710 by Christoph von Greffenreid who named the town in honor of his hometown of Bern, Switzerland. "Bern" is the Swiss word for bear and bears are prominently featured in both cities. New Bern's City Hall has two bear heads protruding over the arched entrances to the building.

[signmanjoe, 05/31/2014]

Built in 1895, the New Bern city hall has half-bears above its two arched entrances. They are meant to resemble Bern's medieval long-tongued bear symbol.

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