Country Inn By Carlson Erfurt Apfelstadt
Riedweg 1, Erfurt, Thuringia, 99192, Germany
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Of the once 21 parish churches, more than 15 monastery churches and chapels, 11 monasteries and four collegiate churches that gave the city the nickname Erfodia Turrita only 24 are still standing - though not all of them are complete.
Old Jewish Synagog
Official describe: "Evidence for a Jewish settlement in Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia, can be traced back to the 12th Century. The only piece of documentation from this time is the Middle High German "Erfurt Jewry Oath" (a formulary for oaths to be sworn by Jews). It was confirmed by archbishop Konrad I of Wittelsbach (1183–1200) during his second term of office as archbishop of Mainz....Earliest evidence for renewed Jewish presence in Erfurt comes from the chronicle of the monastery of St Peter. In 1354, according to the chronicler, two Jewish families came to Erfurt and were taken into the protection of the council. Soon afterwards the council financed a new synagogue building. The remains of this building revealed during excavations in the 1990s. By 1357, a new community had emerged. Within few years, it became one of the largest in the later medieval Empire"
St. Mary's Cathedral
The German Gothic Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the St. Severus Church created together an unique ensamble and are the most famous landmarks of Erfurt. . In the Cathedrale (Mariendom) there is situated the 12-ton heavy "Queen of Bells" - The "Gloriosa" (1497). You must see too the stained-glass windows from the 14th century and the triptychon altar "Unicorn Hunt".
One of the goods which had made Erfurt rich and famous as a trading town was the dyer's-weed woad.
It grew in the woods around the town, was collected, ground,dried and formed into small balls. These balls had to be in barrels for several months, covered with urine ! to give them a nice, blue colour.So instead of going to the toilet people there went to the barrels. Some hotel owners even made money by selling the contents of their chamberpots.During my last visit in Erfurt I learned that it had to be male urine. Female urine didn't work.
How does anybody find out about this?? I mean, you see a green plant . How does anybody get the idea that these green leaves will make a nice, blue colour when , well, you know what I mean. I guess, I'd never make a good inventor.
These barrels were kept in the attics and it must have been a VERY smelly affair. This is why these attics had a lot of windows, certainly a lot more than any normal house.
Today this house is a theatre. It has been thouroughly aired.
Martin Luther in Erfurt
Erfurt University once had a famous student: Martin Luther studied there for four years, from 1501 to 1505. Then, after he was almost hit by lightning he changed his plans for the future and became a monk instead. The monastery he chose was the Augustinerkloster, also in Erfurt. At this time, there were three different monasteries in Erfurt. Supposedly Luther chose the Augustinerkloster because there he could continue his studies.
There are references to Luther throughout Erfurt:
On the main shopping square there is statue of him, the monastery offers walks on the premises which include the room he once had and you can visit several churches in which he had been preaching.
The tour guides of the tourist information can do a "Luther walk", but this is only possible for group bookings. It's usually students of theology who book them.
Even without a special walk, just being in the very same church that Martin Luther once preached in makes history come alive.