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    Martinstor - Gate Tower

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    The gate tower on the northern edge of the old town is the only one of the fortified gatehouses that is still there. It was named after Saint Martin, whose image is depicted in a relief on the outward side above the gate: Saint Marting divides his cloak and gives one half to the naked beggar.

    Entering the old town through Martinstor you reach Wormser Straße, one of many well preserved streets. Time stood still here, or so it seems. Explore the side lanes, you will find many pretty views.

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    Hexenturm - Witches Tower

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    The tower on the northwestern corner of the old town looks like an illustration in a fairy-tale book. Its purpose, however, was more sad and cruel than romantic: it served as prison for "witches", or better: poor innocent souls who were accused of witchcraft and forced to confess by torture.
    No real witch capable of doing magic would have let herself imprison in such a tower by non-magical people...

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    Fortifications

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    Parts of the medieval town wall are preserved. The most impressive part is the northwestern corner of the old town with the gate tower of Martinstor and the Witches Tower. Along the western side the wall has been partly reconstructed. Houses have been built on top of it. The park along the outer side of the wall is a pleasant green stretch to relax. Families with kids will find a big playground here.

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    The Stumble Stones

    by christine.j Written Feb 26, 2008

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    Many places in Germany have started to put down some "Stumble Stones" - "Stolpersteine". You're supposed to stumble, not literally of course, but in your thoughts. These golden bricks are put down on the pavement in front of a building in which a victim of the Nazis used to live.
    Mostly they're done for Jewish families, but also for homosexuals or political opponents.

    In Ladenburg they are two of these stones on the main street. They are the same size as the other cobble stones and just want to tell the passer-by to start thinking what had happened here some 70 years ago.

    Some cities by the way are against these stones, Heidelberg for example, as the city council there argues by stepping on these stones the victims' dignity is taken away once more.

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    The Protestant Church in Ladenburg

    by christine.j Written Oct 29, 2006

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    This church is a lot younger than the catholic St Gallus, from 1876. It's also smaller and the windows aren't as colourful. But it has a special feature, the ceiling is made out of wood and painted with floral motives, very pretty.
    The church is next to St Gallus. You walk through a small garden to get to the entrance door.
    On your left in the garden there is a biblical garden, the plants which are growing there have all been mentioned in the bible. Signs are telling you what kind of plants they are.

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    Carl Benz lived - and parked - here!

    by christine.j Written Jan 31, 2006

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    Carl Benz, the inventor of the automobile - the car - moved to Ladenburg and parked his car in the world's first garage. That's something people here are very proud of, so there is a Benz Museum.If you're interested in oldtimers, you'll enjoy watching the Berta Benz Memorial Drive. She was his wife and really liked the idea of a carriage without horses. While he was still trying to improve his invention, she was convinced that it worked. So she took her two sons, took the car and left a note for her husband: "The boys and I took the car and are on our way to see my mother". Her mother lived about 100 km away, but they made it. (I don't know if their marriage made it, but divorce was really frowned upon back then.)
    So the first long-distance drive was done by a woman! In her memory there is a drive every two years, oldtimers, people wearing the costumes from back then, the leather caps etc. It's fun watching. The last drive was in 2005, so the next one will be in 2007, probably in August.

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    St Gallus Church

    by christine.j Written Jan 31, 2006

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    The Ladenburg Window

    The church is right behind the market square. It is built on the site where the Romans had started to build one of the first Christian churches, but weren't able to finish it. The church is a mixture of old and new, there is a Romanesque crypt - very much worth seeing, but unfortunately only when booking an official city tour. The door is from the 19th century, the windows are from the 1960s. One window is special, it doesn't show any religious subject but a historical one. It is called the Ladenburg window, since it shows the three layers of history, the Roman rule, the bishops' rule and modern Ladenburg.

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    The historic market square

    by christine.j Written Jan 31, 2006

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    The center of the town is the old market square, surrounded by half-timbered houses, some as old as late 15th century.This is where the farmers' market is held, where the festivities start for the party in the old town - second weekend in September - and where the Christmas market is held each December.

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    Martin's Gate

    by christine.j Written Jan 31, 2006

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    This was the main gate in the old wall to go into the town.A statue of St.Martin near the top gave it its name. You can still see the holes made by cannon balls in the year 1622, when the town was besieged in the 30 years' war.

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    The Witches' Tower

    by christine.j Written Jan 31, 2006

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    The Witches' Tower

    Walking along the old wall you come to another old watch tower, this one still standing. It was built around 1200 as a watch tower, but was later used as a prison for "witches", women who were thought to be witches. This name stuck and it is now called the witches' tower. When you're there, look for windows, you won't find any. Just tiny openings in the wall, barely enough to let in some rays of light.What a horrible place this must have been as a prison!

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    The Bishops' Palace

    by christine.j Written Jan 31, 2006

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    The former bishops' palace now houses the museum of Ladenburg. It's only open on weekends - 11:00 to 5:00 pm - and tells people more about the Roman times. A plate with the Persian sun -god can be seen there. This plate was found in Ladenburg, a sign, that among the Roman soldiers stationed here must have been some from Persia.

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    The Four-Gods-Stone

    by christine.j Written Jan 31, 2006

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    Jupiter striking his lightning

    Because of the rich past, digging in your garden can be very surprising in Ladenburg.A few years ago a woman found human bones when planting tulip bulbs. It was not the scene of a murder, as she had thought at first, but her garden turned out to be on the site of an old cemetery.(She didn't have any tulips the following spring)
    In another garden a man found an old Roman fountain and in it a Roman Four-Gods-Stone with Jupiter on top.A proof, that among the Romans living there were some praying to the old Roman gods. The original of the statue is in the museum, but a reproduction can be seen outside.

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    Roman and medieval ruins

    by christine.j Written Jan 31, 2006

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    The Priest's Tower

    Ladenburg's high time is very much in the past, when it was a Roman state capital and the bishops' summer residence. On several places throughout the town you can see ruins from these times, around 200 AD left from the Romans and around 1200 AD fom the Middle Ages.The picture shows what's left of one of the watch towers from 1200, the so-called priest's-tower.

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    The Old City Wall

    by christine.j Written Jan 31, 2006

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    Parts of the last city wall from 1250 can still be seen enclosing the old part of town.Often people used it as part of their house, for a wall or a nice balcony.

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