A hidden gem, threatened with decay.
The so-called Gottesbuden in the old "Roter Hahn" hospital is the oldest social housing in Lüneburg. More details can be found in an article on "Quadrat", which is currently being renovated according to a schedule. The courtyard is currently locked, maybe the residents want it that way too.
In the third attempt I managed to take pictures of the inside and for me this is one of the most beautiful inner courtyards in Lüneburg.
January 15, 2017
As rich as the city of Lüneburg is obviously in historical monuments, so often they are hidden in the alleys and streets, behind inconspicuous facades or hidden inner courtyards. These include the so-called “Gottesbuden” in Rotehahnstrasse, which have served a charitable cause for centuries. People in need found accommodation here, and the modest little apartments are still rented cheaply today. With the dew stone arches over the doors, lead-glazed windows, angled stairs, covered stairways and a herb garden, the historic half-timbered ensemble is one of the most romantic places in the city center that needs to be preserved. There is a sign at the entrance to the inner courtyard - you should look at it, it's worth it.
October 12, 2020
One of the most beautiful places in Lüneburg's busy city center is the “Red Rooster” courtyard.
A quiet place, under an ancient Norway maple, surrounded by centuries-old half-timbered gables, with bricks in the format of a monastery, small lead-glazed windows under decorative dew-stone arches, an angled staircase, cobblestones and a herb garden with a view of St. Nicolai. In 1478 the “Red Rooster” is mentioned for the first time in the historical Lüneburg files and since 1578 it has been used for charitable purposes without interruption. Councilor Hinrik von Erpensen donated it as a hospice for poor relief. The needy, who were accommodated in the tiny apartments, undertook in return to pray for the salvation of their benefactors. That is why the apartments were called the "Gottesbuden in the Red Rooster."
Today the Lüneburg community foundation is the owner of the listed ensemble.
11 small, modest, affordable apartments are still grouped around the courtyard, which has been home to so many generations of Lüneburgers.
But the centuries-old building is threatened with decay and can only survive with extensive renovation and modernization.
October 12, 2020
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