Klingen Gate, Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

Fortification and water tower

The Klingen Gate has long been used for peaceful purposes

A special feature distinguishes the Klingen Gate: It shares a wall with the Church of St. Wolfgang and military and ecclesiastical architecture are linked together in this unique way. From inside the church defenders could climb into the tower which was designed to enable them to fire from here on attackers who had already made it onto the ramparts. Around thirty meters high the tower has been, from the 16th century, used for the most practical of purposes.

There was a water pipe laid here in 1594, which supplied the town’s fountains with water.The Klingen Gate was installed with a copper vessel in the water tower. It takes its name from the steep ravine in the valley. It was called by the people since time immemorial ” blade “.

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