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Görlitz: Kaisertrutz im Spätnachmittagslicht - Kaisertrutz in the late afternoon sun | by riesebusch
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Görlitz: Kaisertrutz im Spätnachmittagslicht - Kaisertrutz in the late afternoon sun

Der Kaisertrutz ist eine der einstmals 32 Basteien, von denen heute noch vier erhalten sind, die die Stadt Görlitz zur Verteidigung besaß. Den Namen erhielt er im Dreißigjährigen Krieg, als die von Schweden besetzte Stadt 1641 mehrere Wochen der Belagerung durch kaiserliche und sächsische Truppen standhielt. Heute beherbergt er das Kulturhistorische Museum der Stadt. Der Reichenbacher Turm ist mit 51 Metern der höchste der drei erhaltenen Wach- und Wehrtürme der Stadt.


The Kaisertrutz ("Brave the Emperor") is one of formerly 32 bastions built to defend the town of Görlitz, of which four have been preserved up to the present. It received its name in the Thirty Years' War when the town in 1641, occupied by Swedish troups, resisted for several weeks a siege by Imperial and Saxon troups. Today it houses the Museum of Cultural History. The Reichenbach Tower is with its height of 51 metres the hiegest of the town's three still existing defense and guard towers.

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