The mighty gate tower built between 1395 and 1400 was built together with the gatehouse and measures a stately 37 meters. Among other things, it served as a water tower until the 19th century and was the terminus of a "high-pressure line" installed in 1594, which led from the Bronnen mill in the Tauber valley high into the city.
In 1587, the adjoining Klingen Bastei was completed as the northernmost gateway to the city and houses the fortified church of St. Wolfgang.
May 28, 2017
The tower, which is more than thirty meters high, has been serving very practical purposes since the 16th century: a copper boiler was built here and it worked for the water tower, which from then on supplied the city's tube fountains!
A special feature distinguishes the Klingentor: It shares a wall with the St. Wolfgang's Church. Military and sacred buildings are linked together in this unique way. From inside the church you could climb the gate tower and under the church casemates were laid out, so the defenders could fire on attackers who had already made it to the ditch.
October 16, 2017
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