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Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof

Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: Regensburg is one of the oldest cities in Germany. It was founded by the Romans in 179 AD as Castra Regina. Regensburg was an important trading centre on the banks of the Danube. The Old Town of Regensburg contains many monuments that testify to its history as a trading city, among them several ancient Roman, Romanesque and Gothic buildings. The historic Roman monuments includes the remains of a Roman wall and the Roman city gate Porta Praetoria, after the Porta Nigra in Trier the oldest city gate in Germany. Regensburg is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Germany, because the old town of Regensburg was relatively spared from Allied bombing during WW II. The Steinerne Brücke, the Stone Bridge, crossing the Danube was built in the period 1135-1146. The Stone Bridge opened major international trading routes between Northern Europe and Venice. For centuries the Steinerne Brücke was the only bridge across the Danube between Ulm and Vienna. The Stone Bridge was used by trading merchants and crusaders on their way to the Holy Land. From here, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa went on the Third Crusade to the Holy Land. Regensburg is also known for its medieval towers. Wealthy merchants of Regensburg, with trade connections all over Europe, saw the towers of San Gimignano in Italy and imitated them at home, they built around 60 towers. Today, only 20 towers have survived, among them the 13th century Golden Tower and the Baumburger Tower. The Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2006.

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Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Steinerne Brücke is a stone bridge crossing the Danube, the arched bridge was...

Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Steinerne Brücke is a stone bridge crossing the Danube, the arched bridge was built in between 1135 and 1146. For centuries, the Steinerne Brücke was the only bridge across the Danube between Ulm and Vienna. The stone bridge was used by traders and merchants. The Bruckmandl is a small statue in the middle of the bridge. The Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2006.

  1. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Steinerne Brücke is a stone bridge crossing the Danube, the arched bridge was...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Steinerne Brücke is a stone bridge crossing the Danube, the arched bridge was built in between 1135 and 1146. For centuries, the Steinerne Brücke was the only bridge across the Danube between Ulm and Vienna. The stone bridge was used by traders and merchants. The Bruckmandl is a small statue in the middle of the bridge. The Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2006.

  2. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Osttor with the clock tower of the historic town. The gate was built around 1300. The Osttor is...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Osttor with the clock tower of the historic town. The gate was built around 1300. The Osttor is the eastern town gate of Regensburg. It is the last remaining town gate of Regensburg and one of the more impressive town gates in Germany. Regensburg was founded in 179 AD. The town was an important trading centre on the banks of the Danube River. Stadtamhof is a City District of Regensburg.

  3. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The existence of the Alte Kapelle, the Old Chapel, has been documented for the first time in 875....

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The existence of the Alte Kapelle, the Old Chapel, has been documented for the first time in 875. Stones of the Roman city walls were used to build the chapel. It houses an icon of the Madonna, a gift of Pope Benedict VIII to Emperor Henry II in 1014. The new organ was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. The chapel is also known as the Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady, or Our Dear Lady of the Old Chapel.

  4. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady is also known as the Alte Kapelle, the Old Chapel....

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady is also known as the Alte Kapelle, the Old Chapel. In the 18th century, the Alte Kapelle was redecorated in the Bavarian Rococo style. The Alte Kapelle was the court church of the Carolingians and Ottonians and is closely linked with the history of the Holy Roman Empire. The basilica has been named the Alte Kapelle for more than a thousand years.

  5. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Römerturm, the Roman Tower. Regensburg is also known for its towers. The...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Römerturm, the Roman Tower. Regensburg is also known for its towers. The Roman Tower is 28 metres high and has 4 metres thick walls, the tower served as a treasury, an archive and as a refuge in case of an attack. The Roman Tower is connected to the Duke's Court by a roofed passageway. The most famous towers of the historic town of Regensburg are the Golden Tower and the Baumburger Tower.

  6. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: Regensburg Cathedral, also known as the Dom St. Peter, is dedicated to Saint Peter. The construction...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: Regensburg Cathedral, also known as the Dom St. Peter, is dedicated to Saint Peter. The construction of the cathedral started in the 13th century, the west façade and the two spires are dating from the period 1395-1440. The two towers are 105 metres high. The beautiful sculpted gargoyles of the cathedral have a human or an animal face. Regensburg Cathedral is considered the most beautiful Gothic cathedral in Bavaria.

  7. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: One of the side portals of the Regensburg Cathedral. The construction of the cathedral started in...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: One of the side portals of the Regensburg Cathedral. The construction of the cathedral started in 1273 and was completed six hundred years later in 1872. The cathedral is considered the most noteworthy Gothic building in southern Germany. The treasury houses gold precious objects and also religious textiles from the 11th to the 20th centuries. The cathedral is also the burial place of important bishops.

  8. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Scots Gate (Schottenportal) is the carved north portal of the Schottenkirche St. Jakob, the...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Scots Gate (Schottenportal) is the carved north portal of the Schottenkirche St. Jakob, the Scots Church of St. James. The Romanesque church was founded by Celtic missionaries from Ireland in 12th century. The church is celebrated for its unique north portal, dating from about 1180. The Schottenportal is blackened by contamination and is nowadays protected from further damage by a glass enclosure.

  9. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The decorated vaulted ceiling of the 13th century abbey church of St. Emmeram. The Abbey of St....

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The decorated vaulted ceiling of the 13th century abbey church of St. Emmeram. The Abbey of St. Emmeram was founded around 739 and is one of the oldest monastic buildings in Germany. The entrance gate of St. Emmeram is decorated with frescoes. The monastic buildings became the residence of the princes of Thurn und Taxis in 1812. The abbey is now known as Schloss Thurn und Taxis, or also as Schloss Sankt Emmeram.

  10. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The entrance gate of the Haus der Kirche is richly adorned, on the left hand side a statue of...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The entrance gate of the Haus der Kirche is richly adorned, on the left hand side a statue of the monk and theologian Martin Luther, famous for criticising the Roman Catholic Church. The Old Town of Regensburg contains many monuments that testify to its history as a trading city, among them several ancient Roman, Romanesque and Gothic buildings.

  11. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Eiserne Brücke, the Iron Bridge, is crossing the Danube River. Stadtamhof is situated at the...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Eiserne Brücke, the Iron Bridge, is crossing the Danube River. Stadtamhof is situated at the north bank of the Danube. During the Middle Ages, Stadtamhof was a small Bavarian neighbourhood near Regensburg, it belonged to the Abbey of St. Emmeram. It gained city rights in 1496. Stadtamhof remained an independent city until 1924, when it became a City District of Regensburg.

  12. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Brückentorturm, the Bridge Tower Gate. The gate is the only remaining bridge tower gate of...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Brückentorturm, the Bridge Tower Gate. The gate is the only remaining bridge tower gate of Regensburg. The gate was built around 1300. On the right hand side the former Salt Warehouse. The Salt Warehouse was built in the period 1616 to 1620, the warehouse is situated close to the Steinerne Brücke, the Stone Bridge of Regensburg, and the Wurstküche, a historic sausage tavern.

  13. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The historic Wurstküche, also known as Wurstkuchl. The Wurstküche is a small historic...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The historic Wurstküche, also known as Wurstkuchl. The Wurstküche is a small historic sausage tavern, the Wurstküche is situated on the banks of the Danube next to the seven storey high former Salt Warehouse. The remains of the Roman Porta Praetoria and a Roman wall are incorporated into a building opposite the Wurstküche. The Porta Praetoria is part of the Roman Limes in Germany

  14. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: A long queue in front of the the historic sausage tavern, the Wurstküche or Wurstkuchl. The...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: A long queue in front of the the historic sausage tavern, the Wurstküche or Wurstkuchl. The historic tavern remained unchanged since the 12th century. The tiny Wurstkuchl is probably the oldest known sausage tavern in the world. The sausages are made to a secret recipe. The kitchen serves about 6,000 sausages to guests daily.

  15. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The bay window of the house of Oskar Schindler. Oskar Schindler lived in this house in the period...

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The bay window of the house of Oskar Schindler. Oskar Schindler lived in this house in the period 1945-1950. The house of Oskar Schindler is situated in the Old town of Regensburg nearby the Goliath House and Regensburg Cathedral. Oskar Schindler became famous by the movie 'Schindler's List'. During WWI, Oskar Schindler rescued about 1,200 jews from deportation to Auschwitz.

  16. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Late Gothic bay window of the Old Town Hall. Today, the Old Town Hall is the Reichstag Museum....

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: The Late Gothic bay window of the Old Town Hall. Today, the Old Town Hall is the Reichstag Museum. The Old Town Hall consists of the Gothic Imperial Chamber, the Baroque Town Hall and the Uhrturm, the clock tower is eighth storeys high and was built in 1250. The main rooms are medieval in appearance. The town hall also houses a torture chamber.

  17. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof - Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: On the left hand the Golden Tower and on the right hand the clock tower of the Old Town Hall....

    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof: On the left hand the Golden Tower and on the right hand the clock tower of the Old Town Hall. Wealthy merchants of Regensburg built around sixty towers. Today, only twenty towers have survived, the most famous are the Baumburger Tower, built in 1270, and the 13th century Golden Tower. The Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2006.