There are quite a few twisted towers in the German-speaking world, but none whose rotation has such harmonious lines as the Duderstädter Westerturm. A well-known architect tried in 1948 to get behind the cause of the strange twist.
He spoke of the "superior virtuosity and the refinement of the craftsmanship of the medieval master builders" and concluded with the statement: "This tower is obviously so intended".
A year later another architect, who climbed into the tower, after a thorough investigation, stated that the strange change of shape is the result of a design flaw, which is essentially due to the fact that the rafters are secured against bending inwards, but not sideways were. It lacks the swords and the usual St. Andrew's crosses. In addition, the so-called Kaiserstiel is not continuous.
The tower, already mentioned in 1343, burned down to the masonry in 1424. The reconstruction took 12 years.
The vernacular leads the rotation of the spire back to the not oiled weathervane or the devil, who seduced the men to the potion.
On the run from the Duderstädter women he wanted to cling to the tower knob and tore while the momentum around the top, before he
finally over the wall wegschwand.Westerturm Ensemble - Will appear in a new window.
Today, 500 years after its completion, the West Tower can even be visited. So if you want to know more about this very special landmark of Duderstadt, just click on the small tower drawing.
February 14, 2017
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