Zum Goldenen Lowen
Haupt Strasse 25, Ladenburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, 68526, Germany
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Foundations of basilica marked in pavement
Foundations of the Roman basilica
Church of St Gallus, interior
St Gallus church
Travel Tips for Ladenburg
Closed, without an explanation
I've come to accept this as a local custom and gave up fighting it: The museum and the church have their opening hours posted outside. But this doesn't necessarily mean they are open then.I don't know if they operate on a special Ladenburg time or if they rely on volunteers who not always make it in time, but it happens that you're standing there and everything is closed.Vey annoying of course, if this is your only visit, but you can always wander around and enjoy the town itself.
Town Library and the Reading Girl
The municipal library is situated in this yellow house next to Domhof. In front of the entrance a cute sculpture has been put up: a girl reading a book. She is lying on a bench, resting on one arm, and totally absorbed in her reading.
Lots of options for funny photos...
Jesuitenhof and Jesuitengasse
A dead-end lane off Färbergasse leads to and around this former seat of first a noble family, later the Jesuite order. Its origins lie in the middle ages, changes took place in the 16th century.
The property was fortified. The courtyard is closed off by a high stone wall with a gothic gate. The tower shows embrasures at the bottom and top.
The main building has already been restored. Reconstruction works are going on on the buildings in the background. The timberwork has been taken down. Moulded timbers will be substituted by new wood, then the construction will be rebuilt.
Former Hospital and Chapel of St Antonius
The hospital was founded by the citizens of the town probably around 1300. Hospital and chapel were dedicated to St Antonius Eremita (not to mix up with Antonius of Padua, the companion of St Francis).
The chapel was destroyed both in the 30 Years War and in 1689 and in both cases rebuilt afterwards. Not much is known about the first, medieval building. The present building dates from 1739.
In the early 19th century the hospital moved away. In 1810 the buildings were sold for profane use and have served as a normal house since then. The octogonal choir of the chapel has received smaller windos in two storeys but the shape still indicates that this was a church.
The former chapel still has a statue of Saint Antonius standing in a niche of the facade. Antonius was the patron saint not only of the hospital but of the whole town.
Domhof - The Property of the Cathedral Chapter
The Cathedral Chapter of Worms already owned real estate in Ladenburg around 1300. In the following centuries they acquired more ground.
Originally the whole town belonged to the Bishop of Worms. Since 1395, however, most of the town was in the hands of the Elector of Palatinate (Pfalz). So the town had two rulers and two governments to deal with. The property of Worms is located in the southwestern corner of the old town.
The triangular Domhof square at the western end of Hauptstraße was property of the cathedral chapter (not the Bishop) of Worms. The buildings have been substituted by the only modern architectural sin in the old town, the new town hall and parking garage.
Hint: public toilets, not very clean but at least free, can be found downstairs at the southern side of the parking garage.
The sculptures in the square represent the permanent conflict between the two rulers, Elector and Bishop. What their discussion is about is left to your own interpretation. Mine can be found in the travelogue.
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