Close to the museum there is the old St Sebastian church. It doesn't look much from the outside and it's always locked, so most people just pass it without a look. It was the chapel the bishops used for their private service when they stayed in Ladenburg.I had been told there were ornaments of pelicans on this church. In medieval times people believed pelicans would feed their young with their own blood. As the last supper stands for Jesus giving his own blood, pelican became a symbol for Jesus. That was something which was completely new to me, I had never heard it before.
So I started looking for the pelican on the church. Finally, someone in a group I had taken to Ladenburg, found it and pointed it out to me.
I tried to take a picture, but the pelican is hard to see. It's very withered and and you need some fantasy to recognize it as a pelican.
The municipal library is situated in this yellow house next to Domhof. In front of the entrance a cute sculpture has been put up: a girl reading a book. She is lying on a bench, resting on one arm, and totally absorbed in her reading.
Lots of options for funny photos...
A dead-end lane off Färbergasse leads to and around this former seat of first a noble family, later the Jesuite order. Its origins lie in the middle ages, changes took place in the 16th century.
The property was fortified. The courtyard is closed off by a high stone wall with a gothic gate. The tower shows embrasures at the bottom and top.
The main building has already been restored. Reconstruction works are going on on the buildings in the background. The timberwork has been taken down. Moulded timbers will be substituted by new wood, then the construction will be rebuilt.
The complex of three baroque houses outside the churchyard of the Bishop's Chapel served as orphanage until 1938. It was founded by Georg Friedrich Günther and his wife Anna. The inscription above the door which mentions the founders' names contains a chronogram, enlarged letters that, read as Roman numbers, sum up to the date 1769. The metal ties on the facade, shaped as numbers, state the year 1770.
The sculpture above the portal shows Saint Rochus with the plague-spot on his upper thigh.
The pretty yellow facade is well restored. The old well in front of it, now closed and the buckets planted with flowers, adds a lot to the picturesque appearance.
The "Tanners' Stairway" is a narrow passageway thet connects Cronbergergasse and Färbergasse. The buildings around are probably old barns and storages. At night this must be quite spooky...