Audenstrasse 4, Bad Homburg, Hesse, 61348, Germany
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Erlöserkirche, Bad Homburg, DE
Hölderlin in Bad Homburg, by Jochen Schmidt
1. Bicycle route signs near the City Hall
4. Plaque on this house
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"This Evangelical church's interior is decorated in the neo-Byzantine style: Its walls are richly decorated in marble; its ceilings are covered with gold mosaics. In contrast, the six-armed aureoled in the transept dome resembles that of San Marco in Venice, while Christ appears above the white marble altar as the "Lord of Heaven and Earth" just as in Revenna. The bejeweled altar cross was originally intended by Kaiserin Auguste-Viktoria for the "Erloeserchurch" in Jerusalem. She and Kaiser Wilhelm II assumed full responsibility, both conceptually and financially, for the building of the church. It was inaugurated in 1908, finally providing local Evangelical Christians an adequate space for their religious services. When residing in Bad Homburg, the Kaiser attended services here in his own imperial box with private entrance. The mighty, square towers of the "Erloeserkirche" along with the nearby "White Tower" define Bad Homberg´s skyline from a distance."
We experienced a wonderful worship, dedicated and full of dignity. And enjoyed the Polish contribution.
If you like trees, special ones I mean, then you should pass by the courtyard of the castle. Here you will find a Lebanese Ceder (Cedrus libani). It is huge and highly impressive.
A sign beside says (translated from German):
The Lebanese Ceder
In 1820 four Lebanese Ceder were planted in front of the Kings wing. They were a present of the Duke of Cambridge for the marriage of his sister with landgrave Friedrich IV in 1818.
Nowadays the trunk of the ceder has a circumference of 6,4 meters in a height of 1,2 meters. Its largest width in East-West direction is more than 35 meters, the height over 20 meters.
The Lebanese Ceder was cultivated since 1638 and nowadays decorates the national flag of the Lebanon.
Palace Park (Schlosspark)
1. The palace and the White Tower, from the palace park.
2. Ducks in winter in the palace park.
Below the palace is the Palace Park, which today occupies 13 hectares mainly on the west and north sides of the palace. In earlier centuries, under the rule of the landgraves, the park was much larger.
The first known mention of a park on this site is from the year 1441, but it has been repeatedly restructured since then.
For those who are interested in the details of this, "Historical Park Tours" are offered on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings during the summer months.
Three Towers in the Old Town
1. Rathausturm Bad Homburg (City Hall Tower).
2. Plaque on the City Hall Tower.
3. Hexenturm (Witches' Tower).
4. Plaque on the Witches' Tower.
5. Der Stumpfe Turm (The Blunt Tower).
The plaque on the City Hall Tower reads: "City Hall Tower, part of the city fortifications of the 14th century. Between 1603 and 1656 the victims of the witch hunts in the jurisdiction of Homburg were imprisoned here until they were executed."
This City Hall Tower is at the site of the old medieval City Hall (GPS 50°13'47.65" North; 8°36'38.97" East), not to be confused with the modern City Hall at Rathausplatz.
The plaque on the Witches' Tower reads: "Witches' Tower, part of the city fortifications of the 14th century. Built again in 1905."
So this is not the original tower, but even the replica is now over a hundred years old. The Witches' Tower is at GPS 50°13'45.27" North; 8°36'36.02" East.
The Siamese Temple
After the treatment of the Siamese King Chulalongkorn in Bad Homburg, he sent a complete temple as a present. The 22. may 1914 the monument was opened and is nowadays a place where the thai community goes. I once had the great possiblility to have a look at a festival on which original dances with typical masks were shown. Very impressive!
The King of Thailand, who visited the temple in the parc in Bad Homburg. King Bhumipol, Rama 9.
Art on one of the poles holding the roof.
A little temple beside. Sometimes smoke candles are burned in here.
Again art on one of the poles
Saw these bells at the roof. In case you know the meaning of it, it would be nice to hear about it.