Favorite thing: Some more drawings on the Kreuder House.In 1581, after a huge fire, the cloth manufacturer Kreuder reconstructed his house under this arch and made on the excisting front above the date, a medaillon with in it scales surrounded by the 3 crosses of Lorraine and 2 bars to emphasize the dependency to the duke of Lorraine and the bar.The entrance port, just under the arch, shows the window of the store, and it showed the richness of the owner; the front was inspired by the greek architecture.
Favorite thing: Here you can see how the Kreuder House is situated underneath the arch.Click on the photograph to get a somewhat better view.On the left you can see the road that leads to the castle. As written: underneath the foot of the fort is another characteristic and pittoresque paved little road which gives access to the outbuildings of the houses of the rich people on the High Road.
The Kreuder House. We found this a very interesting building because it is build under an arch way.
To the right of it a step lead up to a narrow alley between the second floors of houses on either side.
Dogs barking, gardens, and no people, because it was close to tea time (I think hehe).
A drawing of the Prisoner or Bell tower.
We walked the road that leads away from it but we were a bit shocked by the gloomy buildings, most of them in decay.
The road also lead away from the citadel so we decided to make a round turn and walk up instead of down.
Favorite thing: Prisonor Tower or Bell Tower.Built in 1294 (as you can see at part of the wall) under Ferdinand III. Served as a city entrance tower till the XVth century then it became a prison. A clock is in it since the war of 1643 was fought, and since then, could be rented by private persons.These days it is restored and nowadays the tourist information office is housed here as well a little museum.
The very patient and friendly lady of the tourist information desk. My knowledge of the French language is rusty and very much of a scholar, but she was so very patient and we had great fun trying to understand each other.
The kids were looking at me .... I thought in admiration .. but I fear the oldest one really thought : Woman! act natural! haha!
Favorite thing: Old 'Porte des Casernes' which lent access to the farm of Koenigsberg (owned by the Chartreux of Rettel) and to Montenach.Rebuilt a new in 1769, prolonged with a wall walk to the Tour des Grilles.
A door of the late Renaissance period.A door framed by two flute pilasters. Ionic column capitals on the face of an angel. Decorated elements, dated 1615 (re-stored 1892), with above it some inscription.
I think we have actually seen this door, but hum, story of my life, I always underestimate the amount of photographs that I plan to take.
Ask Jacob! haha when in Canada visiting him, I almost every day asked him for a film roll ...
Lately I use the digital far more, partially also because my SLR has some technical problems :-(.
Sierck les Bains is built on the slope of a rocky hill, which explains the fact of the stairs behind this entrance door.
The roadways in the whole of the city were narrow, winding and steep, which added to the feel it had to be authentic.
I do hope to return here one day to see if they have done some renovations. If they have not, I fear some houses might have been broken down, which would be a pity.
Favorite thing: Just an information board ;-)about the church and the convent: 'Chapelle de Marienfloss'.The convent was built on the the excavation remaining after the Abbey of Marienfloss had been destroyed; founded in 1238 by the Cistercian and destroyed in 1792.Outside it you can see a very strange tombe of Jean Florange, vicar of Sierck (XIVth century) and inside the chapel there s a group of paintings called 'Vierge de Pitie', XVIIIrd century, painted on oak.
Favorite thing: The parrish church XIIIrd centuryThe main altar is richly decorated in baroque; once was the church of the chartreuse of Rettel. (what that means, i do not know ;-), translating French into meaningful English can be tricky lol)
Favorite thing: The Berweiler House, XVIIth centuryThis house was built in 1624 for the cloth manufacturer who had his shop on the elevated ground floor, most likely because of the many floodings. The house had a previous rich outlook. Just look at the beautiful door with ionic pillars and the windows on the second and third floor.
Favorite thing: This photograph is especially for my dear brother LALLIE !!!
Favorite thing: Another climb!We went up some other stairs and walked a narrow path in between lower gardens and houses and at our other hand were the higher gardens of some other houses. Very strange....
Favorite thing: Another door, proof of earlier richness. I took a photograph because I like the part above the door.