The Jena Pulverturm

Back at the height of the Middle Age (ca. 1300) Jena, Germany was a walled city. Today you can still see some of the remains of the fortifications, including the four corner towers.

I really need to someday write a post about the city walls, but don’t have time this morning. Instead I will share some pictures of one of the corner towers.

Jena, Germany, Walled City, Pulverturm, Powder Tower

This is the Pulverturm or Powder tower. It was the Northwest corner of the city during the Middle age.

This year they are holding a historic Christmas market in the area around the tower.

Jena, Germany, Walled City, Pulverturm, Powder Tower

The Pulverturm is about 20 meters high with only one entrance on the internal side of the wall. As the name implies it would have been where gunpowder was stored for the defense of the city.

Jena, Germany, Walled City, Pulverturm, Powder Tower

The bottom of the tower is surrounded by a circular rampart.

Jena, Germany, Walled City, Pulverturm, Powder TowerThere is a large tree near the tower. Of course, this tree was not there at the time the tower was in use, but today it makes for some interesting pictures. Especially in winter time when the branches are bare.

Jena, Germany, Walled City, Pulverturm, Powder Tower

I really like the patterns of the branches silhouetted against the sky and tower.

It was nice to wander through the area and see the historic Christmas market. It helped work up an appetite for another wonderful meal at the nearby Stilbruch.

Steven

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