Future teachers studied at the Pädagogium in Kybitzstraße. The stone ground floor has a sculpted renaissance portal. The upper floors consist of timberwork with carved ornaments.
The most famous student of the Pädagogium was Hoffmann von Fallersleben, the poet who wrote the text of Germany’s national anthem. He studied here in 1812-1814.
Kybitzstraße has, apart from the Pädagogium, a number of other renaissance and baroque houses that are worth a closer look.
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Nazi versus Democratic Justice: Sculpture
I would like to draw your attention to an interesting sculpture that deals with Nazi justice and the new beginning after the war. It can be found in closest vicinity to the Juleum Novum but is easily overlooked. This sculpture is standing in the yard of the law court west of the university. According to the sign it was created by S. Neuenhausen in 1984/85 – sorry I cannot tell anything about the artist.
The column is divided in two parts. The lower half shows and accuses what justice used to be under the Nazi regime: unjust, cruel, a tool of the government. The upper half depicts the new beginning after 1945 in democratic Germany when justice returned to being what it ought to be.
Location: in the front yard of the Amtsgericht in Bötticherstraße, opposite Juleum Novum
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Church of St Walpurgis
Actually the whole town of Helmstedt is "off the beaten path" so it is hard to divide the tips, but some places are even more hidden than others, so let's give it a start...
The green spire of St Walpurgis is visible from many placesin the old twon but it is located rather on its edge in a less interesting area. The parish church of the northern quarter is, like the main church of St Stephan, located on a hilltop and surrounded by a walled churchyard. It originates in the 13th century but was rebuilt in the late middle ages into its present shape. It also became the church of the shoemakers' guild.
The church was closed when I passed and it does not seem to have regular opening hours.
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