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Görlitz: Gotisches Relief am Dicken Turm (Frauenturm) - Gothic relief on the Thick Tower (Our Lady's Tower) | by riesebusch
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Görlitz: Gotisches Relief am Dicken Turm (Frauenturm) - Gothic relief on the Thick Tower (Our Lady's Tower)

Bereits 1305 werden ein Steintor und ein Steinturm, bezeichnet nach ihrer Lage am Ausgang der Steinstraße, erwähnt. Sein Aussehen hat das Bauwerk über die Jahrhunderte nur wenig verändert. Das Steinrelief von Briccius Gauske war seit 1477 am äußeren Frauentor eingemauert. Nach dem Abriss des Tores erhielt es 1852 seinen jetzigen Standort.Es zeigt Maria und Barbara mit dem 1433 von Kaiser Sigismund verliehene Stadtwappen.

Documents dated as early as 1305 mention already a Steintor (Stone Gate) and a Steinturm (Stone Tower), named after their location at the end of Steinstraße (Stone Street, meaning Paved Street). Along the centuries, the tower has remained nearly unchanged. The stone relief crated by Brccius Gauske had been integrated in 1477 in the outer Frauentor (Our Lady's Gate). When this was demolished, the relief was transferred in 1852 to its present location. It shows Mary and Barbara with the municipal coat awarded in 1433 by Emperor Sigismund.

Görlitz is the easternmost town of Germany and, with 55.000 inhabitants, the largest of the region of Upper Lusatia. It is situated on the Lusatian Neisse river established as Germany's Eastern frontier after World War II. As a consequence, the part of the town situated on the East shore of the river constitute now the Polish town of Zgorzelec. Both parts of the town declared themselves "City of Europe" in 1998, cooperating in the urban management. Görlitz was left nearly unharmed by destructions in World War II. And so all important phases of urban development and architecture have been preserved without great modifications. Görlitz boasts more than 4.000 cultural and architectural monuments, forming the largest area under monumental protection in Germany.

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Taken on November 4, 2017