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    THE MARKTGASSE

    by balhannah Updated Jul 7, 2014
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    Marktgasse or Market Alley is where the farmers markets are held. Even on a day when the markets aren't lining the street, I enjoyed walking along here.
    The buildings along either side of the street are arcaded and behind the arcades are many shops. Even though it was cold and wet morning, the cafes in this street already had their table and chairs in the street and umbrellas up outside their businesses.
    Enjoy the shopping and don't forget to look at the interesting architectural features on some of the buildings.
    At either end of this pedestrian only street is a nice fountain in the middle.

    The shooting of James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" took place in this street, with Daniel Craig driving a fast car along here.

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    HELIGKREUZ BRIDGE

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2014
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    Unfortunately, I only viewed the Heligkruez bridge from the distance. This was a nice, pretty view, but what I missed on seeing, were the listed buildings "Im Kehr" that look to be hanging from a cliff - face over the River Ill.
    On Easter sunday in 1965, one of the uninhabited buildings did plunge into the river!
    It is believed this was once the Jewish quarter.

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    CHURCH OF ST. JOHN

    by balhannah Updated Jul 7, 2014
    St. John's Church

    Located in the center of the old town is the Marktplatz with its beautiful Patrician houses and the Church of St John.
    The original building was founded in 1218 by Count Hugo von Montfort, the founder of the town. Lord Hugo I of Montfort, supported the knights of the "Johanniter". He donated the church of the "Johanniter", a house for the knights, a mill and the hospital.

    The life of this Church has been a little different, as it was used as a Salt Magazine from 1806 to 1809 and served from 1809 to 1969 as a high school church. On the gable is the figure of the Knight - "Bläsi" who has been indicating the time with a hammer on the bell since 1510. In 1927, a fresco of a preaching St. John the Baptist was added to the façade.

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    THE REGIONAL COURT

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2014
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    Courthouses - Always impressive in any country and here in the city of Feldkirch, the Regional courthouse is no exception!

    The Regional court is a massive dark grey building where criminal and civil matters are heard.

    The courthouse, built betweem the years 1903-1905 next to the River Ill, has some interesting architecture. The facade has a mix of late historicist eclecticism, renaissance and neo-Gothic elements with Art Nouveau decor. On the side wing of the district court, is a stepped gable on which Josef Huber has designed a mosaic of the symbolic figure of Austria, as well as the coat of arms of the Counts of Montfort and that of the Counts of Berg. There is also a Clock Tower.
    Today, in this building mostly offices of the public prosecutor.

    Connected to the historic Courthouse, is the Feldkirch Prison, the only prison in the state of Vorarlberg.

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    CHAPEL OF ST. MARTIN & PETRONILLA

    by balhannah Updated Jul 7, 2014

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    Chapel of St. Martin and Petronilla

    The small Chapel of St. Martin and Petronilla is located to the west of the centre of the Old Town. In 1222, the Premonstratensian monastery Churwalden owned the Chapel. What I saw, was not this old, as the appearance of today is mainly from the 16th century. It's believed when the village was pillaged, the chapel was also devastated by the Confederates in 1499.

    Today's church with its gable roof rising above the choir room, has a shingled bell tower with spire. In the tower are two bells from the year 1950. To the right of the entrance in a niche, is a folk painting from the 19th century of the two church patrons.

    The chapel has been rebuilt several times inside and renovated over the centuries. In 1997, the church had to be closed as the ceiling fresco had fallen. In restoration, a fresco from 1651 and later painted frescoes on the chancel arch were exposed, revealing the Annunciation. In the center is a simple folk altar. The altar plate resting on four marble columns, comes from the original altar.

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    THE FRAUENKIRCHE

    by balhannah Written Jul 6, 2014

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    The Frauenkirche came about in 1467 because of a promise made to the citizens for a Church to be built. So, through - out the years, bits and pieces and alterations have taken place until 1908.
    The Church is very plain on the outside, it does have an onion domed tower, and an information board, but not in English.

    In July 1991, the Serbian Orthodox Church took over the Church, and changed the interior to Orthodox, making it the only one in Vorarlberg for Orthodox christians.

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    THE CHUR GATE (CHURTOR)

    by balhannah Written Jul 6, 2014
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    From the Katzenturm, I took a short walk along the Hirschgraben, coming across this magnificent city gate known as the Chur Gate (town in Switzerland) or Salt Gate. Previously it was known as Hewers and Salztor. The Gate was built in 1270, then re-built in 1491.

    This six story, step-gabled Churertor, was once the gateway to the bridge that was used to transport salt across the Ill River to Switzerland. The Salt House, beside the Churtor was where salt from Hall in Tirol was stored, this has since been demolished.
    The Salt janitor lived inside the Gate, the gatekeeper himself lived in a small house nearby.
    On the wall is the coat of arms of Feldkirch.

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    PULVERTURM - WASSERTURM - DIEBSTURM

    by balhannah Written Jul 6, 2014
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    Feldkirch has four restored Towers that were saved from the town walls. I missed seeing one of them, although it probably would have been easy to find if I headed for each tower.

    The Wasserturm (Water Tower), was located next to the River Ill in the western part of the city and now is used by various clubs in the city.
    The Pulverturm or Powder tower, was a part of the southern wall of the city, close to the mill gate. It is the oldest of the four towers having been built in 1460. As the name implies, the powder tower was used for the storing of powder.
    Diebsturm also known as "Thieves Tower," was built before 1500 and used as a prison for thieves.

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    KATZENTURM [The Cat Tower]

    by balhannah Written Jul 4, 2014
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    Katzenturm, known in English as the Cat Tower in Feldkirch, is an eight story round tower that was built on the orders of German King Maximilian 1 in 1507, as part of the Feldkirch city fortifications. In the belfry hangs the largest bell in Vorarlberg and the 6th largest bell in Austria. It is the property of the town of Feldkirch. On major holidays and Fridays, at 3pm (hour of death of Christ), the bell is rung.

    If your like me, your probably wondering why it was named "the Cat Tower." All sorts of things to do with Cats went through my mind, all for nothing I might add, as the "cats" were the names of the heavy guns which had a cat's head for a nose ring.

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    Towers of the old city walls

    by anytimeanywhere Written Apr 18, 2006

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    Feldkirch used to have complete city walls, all that is left are the towers, and parts of the walls that are directly attached to certain buildings. The towers each served a purpose. Some held water, some held grain and other food supplies, while others were purely watchtowers. They are scattered throughout the old town.

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    Dom St. Nikolaus

    by anytimeanywhere Updated Apr 18, 2006

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    Dom St. Nikolaus

    This is the most important church in Feldkirch, as well as Vorarlberg. It is the seat of the diocese of Vorarlberg. It was built in 1478 in the gothic style. Interestingly, the diocese wanted a much larger church, but at the time, the old town was so densley built up, there was only room for the church that we see today, with two naves.

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    Vorarlberg State Conservatory

    by anytimeanywhere Written Apr 18, 2006

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    Landeskonservatorium fur Vorarlberg

    The beautiful Landeskonservatorium fur Vorarlberg is a very picturesque building located directly on the River Ill (ill). It was built in 1900 as a boarding school by the Jesuits. I am not sure if you can go inside, as it was closed on the day I was there, however it is worth a look, if just from the outside.

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    The Schattenberg

    by anytimeanywhere Updated Apr 18, 2006

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    The Schattenberg is the castle overlooking Feldkirch. It is accessible via the bus, or a short, but steep, walk up from the old town. It affords wonderful views of the city and environs, alone worth the hike up the hill. There is a restaurant inside as well. It is a small castle with a courtyard in the middle. It was more of a fortification, rather than a residence, so there is not too much in the way of rooms to visit or stunning design, but interesting nonetheless.

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    2006 the year of Mozart

    by iris2002 Written Apr 15, 2006

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    Amadeus Mozart

    Feldkirch Festival 2006 - 18 - 28 May

    Amadeus!

    When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in 1791, he had not used the name by which he is known to posterity a single time: Amadeus! An absurd and unique case in the history of music and culture, and symbolic of dealing with someone who always wanted to belong but was never allowed to. Mozart?s character was diverse - child prodigy and mature artist, a courtier who denied authority, Freemason and Catholic, lover of crude pranks and reader of philosophical books, gambler and concentrated worker, lady-killer and jealous husband. The Feldkirch Festival 2006 tries to do justice to this diversity, by various approaches to Mozart; a phenomenon that has still not been grasped completely.

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    B?ro des Feldkirch Festival
    Palais Liechtenstein
    Schlossergasse 8
    6800 Feldkirch
    ?sterreich
    Tel +43/5522/82943
    Fax +43/5522/83166
    festival@feldkirch.at

    Opening hours: Mo-Do 8:30-12

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    Architecture

    by elcolibri Written Feb 26, 2005

    There are in Feldkirch a very beautiful mix of architectonic styles: arcades, facades, passages, medieval buildings, austrohungarian or moderns ones are mixed but they dont make ugly the city. Enjoy it.

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