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I was recently in Bamberg (north-west Bavaria), and when visiting Altenburg I've stumbled upon this strange monument:

                    Bamberg Altenburg monument

What can it be? What purpose does it have? Decorative (sculpture)? Ritual (Abalakumba cult ^^)?

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Beside another picture on Panoramio, I only found this paragraph in german on the Bamberg site, which refers to a Steinobelisk near the castle:

Neben dem unweit der Burg befindliche Grab von A. F. Marcus lässt sich auch ein Steinobelisk aus dem Jahr 1903 finden, der eine besondere Botschaft vermittelt. In östlicher Richtung gelegen, befindet er sich auf einem kleinen Plateau. Darin sind Steine aus den Gebieten der einzelnen Ämter des ehemaligen Hochstifts Bamberg verbaut und soll daher an die hundertjährige Zugehörigkeit zum Land (damals noch Königreich) Bayern erinnern.

A translation:

Next to the grave of A. F. Marcus (not far from the castle), additionally a stone obelisk from the year 1903 can be found. It conveys an unusual message. Lying east, it is situated on a small plateau. In it, stones from the regions of the individual counties of the former Hochstift Bamberg are constructed, and should therefore remind of the 100-year belonging to the country (then still a kingdom) of Bavaria.

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