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Rathenow Gate Tower
The oldest surviving city gate of Brandenburg was begun around 1290 in front of the palisade on the field side as a gatehouse with drawbridge, added to 1310 also on the city side. Around 1320, two upper floors with coats of arms at the outer edges were completed.
Probably after 1355, perhaps as a punishment for the homage of the "Wrong Waldemar," (a cheater pretending to be the late Margrave), the gate was locked, walled in as a dungeon, and built into it a domed cannon chamber. The traffic has since passed beside the tower. Until around 1380, two more, on both sides decorated with crest frieze bullets, over which a wooden handling was (a "Hurde"). The Aborterker indicates the location of the guardhouse.
Before 1582 there was a renewed internal reinforcement and the replacement of the wooden conclusion by a bricked handling and the cone with crowning eagle figure. Restoration around 1870. In 1911 the tower was broken for the footpath. 1945 were hit and the fuse 1996.
May 4, 2019
The Rathenow gate tower is the oldest surviving city gate in Brandenburg. Work began around 1290 in front of the palisade as a gatehouse with a drawbridge. It is believed that the work was completed around 1320 with the completion of two upper floors, on the outer edges of which coats of arms were attached. The gate is said to have been closed in the years after 1355 and expanded as a dungeon.
April 30, 2020
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