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    Jen-Tower, Jena
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  • Stadtkirche St. Michael, Jena
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    Schiller’s Garden House

    by evona Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    In Jena had his residence Friedrich Schiller, he was here professor at the University of Jena. You can visit the garden house and the kitchen house. He wrote here a part of the drama "Maria Stuart", "Wallenstein", "The maid of Orleans" and many of his ballads. In the garden there still is the stone table, where Schiller often was sitting with Goethe. Schiller possessed it in years 1797-1802.
    There is the Schiller- Museum since 1924.
    Monadays it`s closed.

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    JenTower

    by evona Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    The Jen Tower was built for university on beginn of 70`s and have the height of 128 m and maybe 28 floors. You can see from here the great panorama of Jena and Thuringia. It`s every day open. The local people called the tower not very elegant: Pimmel von Jena.
    In the tower there is a bussines center and down there is a shoping center with man shops and cafes. In this tower there is on the top an expensive restaurant called "Scala".
    My friend Burki, he is a judge in Jena, every day looks at this tower :)

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    Jen-Tower

    by antistar Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Towering a massive 120 meters above the small town of Jena, the Jen-Tower is one of the tallest buildings in all of Germany. Compared to the town, a mere 100,000 in population, its dimensions are outstanding. It would be interesting to know if there was a town of similarly small proportions with such a gigantic building overshadowing it anywhere in the world. In America maybe, but unlikely in Europe.

    The building isn't all that popular with the locals, who view it mostly as an eye-sore with lingering memories of the GDR state that built it. The locals had to struggle with the authorities to prevent its construction from destroying the original university below, but many of the historic buildings that survived the war were razed to the ground to make way for it. This fact has not helped in its affection with the locals, and many called for it to be demolished after re-unification.

    I'm glad it is still here, because it's far from an eye-sore for me, and adds something special to Jena's skyline that really makes the city stand out. The view of it with the dense forest in the background is truly distinctive, and could easily attract visitors just to get a view of the town from the tower, and the tower itself. I'd have really liked to have gone up the tower myself, but despite walking around it several times and through the shopping center that now exists underneath, I couldn't find any way up.

    The tower has had a number of names. Officially it has been known as Universit├Ątshochturm and Intershop Tower for years, but the locals have given it a number of much less kind names, including Phallus Jenensis and Jenaer Pimmel (Jena's Dick). It is now officially known as "Jen-Tower".

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    the city fortification with Pulverturm

    by evona Updated Sep 11, 2006

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    This is the medieval city walls with Powder Tower from 13th/14th century, wich still are a great examle of the historical fortifications of Jena. The medieval city wall is 12 m high and 2 km long, with battlement, moat, gateways and flank towers. On the pic you can see the prominent Johannisgate ( Johannistor) and the Powder Tower (Pulverturm).
    From the tower you can admire the picturesque view of Jena.

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    The University

    by evona Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    The University of Jena is very old, there was founded the first University 1558.
    This building on the pic is the historic main building of the Friedrich Schiller University called Collegium Jenense. In the main building there you can study the Philosophy (Arts and Letters).
    And to the progress of this Facultet in Jena contributed Schiller, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Goethe,Herder and Wieland.

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    The Volkshaus

    by evona Written Sep 6, 2006

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    The imposing building called Viokshaus was built 1902 and opened in 1903. Today in this building is the Ernst-Abbe-Library, Jena Philharmonie, Klubkeller Modul, Sinfonieorchester Carl Zeiss Jena und Tanztheatre. The building belongs now to the Ernst-Abbe-Foundation.

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    Town Hall

    by evona Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    The Town Hall was built in 1368 year. Great is here the Astronomical Clock, wich is the one of "Seven Wonders" of Jena. You can find it in the old town, on the Market Square.
    On the pics there is the town hall from the side of the Market Square and from the other side.

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    St. Michael Town Church

    by evona Updated Sep 11, 2006

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    In the old town not far of the Town Hall you can see the St. Michael Town Church. It was built in 14th century - 1380/90 - in Gothic style. The church tower was built 1557. Inside there is the bronze tombstone of Martin Luther, wich preached in this church 1524 and 1529.

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    Markt

    by antistar Updated Jul 16, 2013

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    The Marketplace is probably the nicest place to stand in all of Jena. From here you can see the Jen-Tower and Stadtkirche peeking out from behind the oddly colourful buildings of the square, and also take in some of the few remains of Jena's architectural history, including the Baroque town hall itself. Leading off from the Markt, towards the Stadtkirche, are some authentic old winding medieval passageways.

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    Hanfried

    by evona Updated Feb 8, 2008

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    On the Market Square there is the Statue of the Electoral Prince Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous. He was the founder of the University in Jena (1558). In the week there is a market on the squere around the Hanfried. You can buy there vegetables, fruits and clothers.

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    Collegium Jenense

    by antistar Written Aug 29, 2005

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    Collegium Jenense, Jena

    Saved from destruction in 1969 by the building of the Jen-Tower, the Collegium Jenense now remains as a small collection of old buildings underneath the giant construction that just reek of stuffy academia. It's hard to see, but you can access the interior of at least one of the yards of the complex from just underneath the tower. Inside I found an island of peace and tranquility just perfect for studying. Not quite the grounds of Oxford University, but pleasant enough.

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    Stadtkirche St. Michael

    by antistar Written Aug 29, 2005

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    Standing over the Markt is possible Jena's prettiest Church, the Stadtkirche St. Michael. It was originally constructed back in the 13th century, and the narrow streets below it feel distinctly medieval. It is now home to, and pride of place of, the original bronze tombstone of Martin Luther.

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    Looking around Thuringen Province

    by whitebear Written Oct 26, 2005

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    Jena is a former East German City with and is well-known from his fabrics of Zeiss-Ikon, glasses, microscopes, cameras etc. Now it is a modern student-city, but it kept an old atmosphere. Food and drinks are everywhere against reasonable prices.

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    OstBad

    by gal_flower Written Jan 17, 2006

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    OstBad means East Pool, I spend really lot of time in there ...
    Really nice place - cheap entrance, cheap beer, really good looking chicks, beach volley ...
    If you want to relax at a pool side where's calm and nice ... there you go :)

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    Town Hall

    by Leipzig Updated Dec 23, 2002

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    The town hall was first mentioned in 1365. About 1377 the ground floor became redesigned with bread and meat stalls; the upper floor was rebuilt to a civic hall, council - chamber and chapel.
    The town hall was completely restored between 1995 - 1998.

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