Bike Touring Highlight
Even in antiquity, the Romans built a watchtower on the Balberg in Sonsbeck Switzerland to secure the military road between Vetera (near today's Xanten) and Blerick (Venlo - Netherlands). Later it was expanded into a fortified and residential castle for the Klevian counts and dukes; until today, however, only the round tower, built in 1417, bears the name "Römerturm" based on its prehistory. In 1203 the Sonsbeck chapel was separated from the parish of the Xanten Viktorstift and raised to the status of a parish.The "Römerturm" is a brick building from the beginning of the 15th century and was the mill tower of the sovereign mill, which was already occupied in 1319. The mill was still in operation in 1836.
July 4, 2020
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