Long walk round the town

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Felt better today - not perfect but better. I took a slow morning and found an internet shop but can not use my laptop. Have to use theirs as the USBs do not match.

I then started a walk around the town fortifications using the map and tour book I bought the other day. I began my walk on the Market place where I had lunch the other day. Went through a pedestrian zone and passed St. James Church (original 11th century Romanesque converted to Gothic towards the end of the 15th c) with the bells hung on the outside of the towers.

The tour map continues "Via Rosentorstrasse we come to the northern town gate, the Rosentor (outer tower and remnant of one of the four main gates of the town within the fortifications), named after the Neuwerk Church, a Romanesque Basilica from 12/13th centuries, and formerly called the "Mary in the Rose Garden Church".

From the outer gate fortifications the "Achterman Tower" still stands and gives its name to the conference centre in which it is incorporated. Part of the inner gate with the wall and ramparts remains. In front of it a modern sculpture by the Columbian artist Fernando Botero greets us. The Mauerstrasse branches off, following the line of the former inner town wall. The footbridge over the railway (the former moat) takes us up to the Georgenberg knoll with the ruins of St. George's Collegiate Church of the Augustinian Canons (11th century destroyed 1527). It is thought that this could be the location of the first Imperial Palace in Goslar. Below us lies the town and we can see the town wall with the semicircular Weaver's Tower and Devil's Tower.

Crossing the next small bridge, we are again in the Old Town and proceed as far as the Breit Strasse and the St. Stephani Church (formerly a Romanesque parish church, rebuilt after fire 1728 as a Baroque hall church). From here to the Breites Tor, the massive (and best preserved 13th century) eastern gate (with fortified gateway enlarged about 1500 with its mighty outer tower with emperor's figure and square inner tower) to the town we go along the Kornstrasse and the Glockengeisserstrasse next to the town wall. The tall trees behind the wall are in the Jewish Cemetery (400 years old with numerous gravestones). We reach the point where a fortified opening in the wall lets the Abzucht stream flow out of the town. From here on the inner wall has its original height. We reach the St. Anne's Stift the almshouse (founded 1488) of the Stephani parish and continue to the Dyers and Fullers Guildhall (1551 with so called runic ciphers on the main beam) and back. We can see part of the outer ring defenses with the outside field wall outer moat, earth wall, former inner moat and "Zwinger" Tower, with the Museum of the Late Middle Ages.

To the left of the Imperial Palace we enter the palatine garden and stand before the "Goslar Warrior" by Henry Moore. Moore was the first recipient of the Goslar Kaiser Ring in 1975, an art award which has been presented to a contemporary artist. Proceeding further along outside the wall, we see the upper water inlet where the Abzucht flows into town. At the Klausteror (Klaus Gate) between the chapel of St. Nicolas and the old smithy, we enter the former miners quarter, the "Frankenberg" with the Church of St. Peter and Paul, with the Peterstrasse with its old miners houses and the Klienes Heileges Kreuz" almshouse. More information can be found at www.goslar.de."

On my way I also passed by a typical Baroque garden (Ulricher Garten) with its 18th century dovecote tower and the amazing "Goslar Cathedral". As an independent imperial convent, it was part of the palace district. It is a remnant of the church of St. Simon and Judas (11th century) founded by Henrich III. It was actually demolished (called desolate) in 1819 and only the porch survives. Architectural remains including the throne of Salian and Hohenstauren emperors are housed in the porch. It was a pretty impressive presentation for a demolished building.

Had dinner in - hearty but less than inspiring - I think it was sausage in a tomato sauce over noodles. There are a lot of strapping young men around the hostel and Carla tells me these are fellows doing their civilian duty (some kind of army thing, I think) and are known, for obvious reasons, as 'ceevees'. They are a bit large and loud as they stride up and down the halls; however, they are nice fellows all the same.
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