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Pulverturm Lingen

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  • Norbert Reichl

    The construction of the Lingen castle began at the beginning of the 13th century by the Counts of Tecklenburg. The start of construction on the powder tower can probably be dated to the beginning of the 15th century. After completion, the tower stood within the castle, which was again specially secured. As was customary at the time, it was used to store gunpowder for the defense of the city. In 1607 a fire broke out within the fortress walls, which did not spare the Powder Tower either. The cause was probably a fire in the castle that had not been extinguished, which at that time was usually used for heating or lighting the rooms. As a result, there was a strong explosion that claimed many lives and also tore large parts of the fortress with it. The Lingen fortifications [1] had their greatest expansion before the fortress was razed before the Spaniards withdrew in 1630.During the Second World War, the cellar, which was the only part of the building spared from the explosion, was used as an air raid shelter by the students from the nearby Castellschule.It was not until 1960 that the “Die Welfen” kiveling section began to rebuild the powder tower. Until then, the ruins of the powder tower in downtown Lingen were overgrown with plants and trees. However, a complete reconstruction true to the original could not be achieved. Therefore, the reconstruction was limited to two floors, which were built above the old cellar. At that time, the section members erected the tower in a few thousand man-hours, so that it could be presented to the city of Lingen on time for the Kivelingsfest 1961 as a gift from the Kivelinge.de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulverturm_Lingen

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  • Norbert Reichl

    The construction of the Lingen castle began at the beginning of the 13th century by the Counts of Tecklenburg. The start of construction on the powder tower can probably be dated to the beginning of the 15th century. After completion, the tower stood within the castle, which was again specially secured. As was customary at the time, it was used to store gunpowder for the defense of the city. In 1607 a fire broke out within the fortress walls, which did not spare the Powder Tower either. The cause was probably a fire in the castle that had not been extinguished, which at that time was usually used for heating or lighting the rooms. As a result, there was a strong explosion that claimed many lives and also tore large parts of the fortress with it. The Lingen fortifications [1] had their greatest expansion before the fortress was razed before the Spaniards withdrew in 1630.
    During the Second World War, the cellar, which was the only part of the building spared from the explosion, was used as an air raid shelter by the students from the nearby Castellschule.
    It was not until 1960 that the “Die Welfen” kiveling section began to rebuild the powder tower. Until then, the ruins of the powder tower in downtown Lingen were overgrown with plants and trees. However, a complete reconstruction true to the original could not be achieved. Therefore, the reconstruction was limited to two floors, which were built above the old cellar. At that time, the section members erected the tower in a few thousand man-hours, so that it could be presented to the city of Lingen on time for the Kivelingsfest 1961 as a gift from the Kivelinge.
    de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulverturm_Lingen

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    • July 28, 2021

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Location: Lingen (Ems), Emsland, Lower Saxony, Germany

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