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Iphofen in Landkreis Kitzingen, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
 

The Owls’ Tower

Eulenturm

 
 
The Owls' Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 14, 2012
1. The Owls' Tower Marker
Inscription.
[Marker text in German:]
Bauzeit um 1500. Gefängnisturm für lebenlänglich Verurteilte, auch „Faulturm” genannt, weil die eingekerkerten nach ihrem Ableben nicht selten darin verfaulten. Zudem Pulverturm der Stadt und Wachturm: „So der türmer ein gerenn im Felde und sonst was feindschaft betrifft ersieht, soll er in die drummelte sto ßen und dies anzeigen”.

[Marker text translated into English, more or less:]
Built around 1500. A prison tower for those sentenced to life imprisonment. Also called the "Rotting Tower" because prisoners were left to rot after their expiration. It was said of this tower, as well as the city's powder- and watch-towers: "Should the watchman make his rounds and encounter some hostility, he need only to point to these towers".
 
Location. 49° 42.14′ N, 10° 15.798′ E. Marker is in Iphofen, Bavaria, in Landkreis Kitzingen. Marker is on Birkingerstrasse 0.1 kilometers west of Einersheimerstrasse. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Iphofen, Bavaria 97346, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ilmbacher Hof (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Einersheimer Gate (about 120 meters away);
The Owls' Tower and Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 14, 2012
2. The Owls' Tower and Marker - wide view
Tithe Tower (about 180 meters away); Ebracher House (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Iphofen City Hall (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Mainbernheimer Gate (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Mainstockheim Synagogue (approx. 11.4 kilometers away); The Bacchus Inn (approx. 13.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Iphofen.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted chest-height on a pole along the greenbelt pathway that follows the outside edge of the moat along the city's walls. There is a parking lot nearby close to the intersection of Einersheimerstrasse and Birkingerstrasse. This view of the tower, from just outside the city walls, may be the closest approach to the tower, as the inside approach to the tower is blocked by a number of houses built up against the city walls. Hence the location of this marker, somewhat removed from its subject.
 
Also see . . .  Iphofen - A Guided Tour. The city of Iphofen's English-language walking tour of the city's historical highlights. On the Owls' Tower: The slender
The Owls' Tower, as seen from the Einersheimer Gatehouse image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 14, 2012
3. The Owls' Tower, as seen from the Einersheimer Gatehouse
Owls' Tower made of squared blocks served as a watchtower. The warden had a good view of the town and its surroundings. Downstairs was the sombre dungeon, where felons sentenced for life languished. Since their corpses were left to rot, these towers are also called "Rotting Towers". The door was so far above ground it could only be reached over a ladder.
(Submitted on August 11, 2012.) 
 
Additional keywords. jail prison
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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