The Water Tower
The water tower is a landmark in the Northeast of the city, right behind Paulus quarter and outside Steintor, which is hard to overlook. The architecture is finest historism. Some elements remind of castle architecture. The top part around the water reservoir is a steel construction with brick fillings. The facades are decorated with ornaments made of bricks in different colours.
A pretty detail: the clockface which looks almost like an oversized cuckoo clock. Without cuckoo, of course.
This well restored old house is marked as "Ackerbürgerhof" - it was the home of a "farming citizen", someone who lived inside the city and had the full rights of a citizen but worked as a farmer on his fields outside the walls. The house had living quarters as well as economy buildings for farming.
Marktkirche - Market Church
Marktkirche or Unserer Lieben Frauen (Market Church or Church of Our Lady) are the two names of Halle's main parish church, situated in the very heart of the city between market square and Hallmarkt.
Originally there were two medieval churches in a row: St. Gertrude in the west and the 12th-century St. Mary's in the east. The two pairs of towers were left standing and a new nave built between them. The so called Hausmann towers at the eastern end towards market square are joined by a bridge, where the fire watch stood, and were habitable. The octagonal Blue Towers that face Hallmarkt were named after their slate tiling.
The church was begun in 1530 when Halle was still catholic, but before it was completed the reformation was introduced in the city. Plans for the interior were adjusted to the requirements of the new faith. However, the high altar with its pictures of saints, just completed by the workshop of Lucas Cranach in Wittenberg, has remained in the church despite its catholic dedication - it is an altar of the Virgin Mary.
The church has two organs. The small one on the eastern gallery is older than the church, it dates from 1664. The great organ at the western end of the nave was inaugurated in 1716 in the presence of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Also note the big mural on the eastern wall above the altar, the pulpit with its star-shaped cover, the surrounding galleries, and the dragon fountain outside the western entrance.
The medieval bronze baptismal font, founded in 1430 by two metal workers from Braunschweig, is the very same little Georg Friedrich Händel was baptised in in 1685.
The church owns the original death mask of Martin Luther, which is on display in the northwestern tower (access from inside the church, entrance fee 2 €).
Opening hours of the church: Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 15.00-17.00
More Discoveries in Halle
The old saline is a museum now. It is however still producing salt.
Unfortunately it was Monday so we could not visit.
Modern architecture in close vicinity to the old town
The church of St Moritz
You guessed it - the church was closed because it was, yes, Monday.
However it was also closed on Tuesday although it was supposed to be open at that hour.
This street provides an interesting perspective towards the Red Tower between a modern glass facade and a Plattenbau.
The quarter around St Paulus church is entirely late 19th century and very relaxing after all that modern mess. All streets lead towards the church.
The church is standing on a grassy hill in the middle of the quarter.
The slope would be perfect for a wombat burrow. We could not find any, though. Only rabbit burrows and mouse holes.
From the northern side you have a better view of the church because there are not so many trees. People relaxed on the lawn, a couple was even making music on strange, seemingly self-made instruments.