The Ellinger Tor is one of the most beautiful city gates in southern Germany. Nice tower with three coats of arms, the first imperial coat of arms from 1241 (right) and the still valid city coat of arms from 1481 (left) and in the middle the coat of arms is visible. Definitely worth seeing.
June 13, 2020
The city gate, which was located in the north of Weissenburg's old town, was originally part of the city wall that was built around 1200. The gate tower was built in the 14th century, its upper floor in the 17th century. Around 1520 the Vorwerk and the battlements were completed. The tracery of the balustrade is chronologically at the beginning of the Renaissance.
At the Ellinger Tor can be read a piece of town history: on the right half is the first coat of arms (1241), left opposite the second coat of arms of Weissenburg from 1481. The coat of arms of 1241 refers both to the city (half white castle) as also to the king (half imperial eagle), which at the same time refers to the imperial immediacy. In this coat of arms it is striking that a double-headed eagle was placed between the two small white turrets.
The Ellinger Tor now houses the city's historic council library.
August 1, 2019
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