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Gerolzhofen in Kreis Schweinfurt, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
 

Owl's Tower

Eulenturm

 
 
Owl's Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 29, 2014
1. Owl's Tower Marker
Inscription.
Zunächst nur dreiseitig gemauerter Scbalenturm mit Bretterverschlag erbaut um 1350. Genutzt als Auslug und Kerker der benachbarten Vogtei. Der ursprüngliche Name war Feulturm (Faulturm), letztmalig 1830 als Gefängnis genutzt, dann Vereinsheim.

Geschichte für alle - historischer Verein in Gerolzhofen, e.V.
Dr. Ottmar Wolf – Kulturstiftung

English translation:
Initially, this was only three sided brick shell tower with wooden shed, built around 1350. Used as a lookout and as a dungeon of the adjacent bailiwick. The original name was Feulturm (Digester), and used as a prison for the last time in 1830, then as a society house.

History for All - the Gerolzhofen Historical Society
Dr. Ottmar Wolf Cultural Foundation
 
Location. 49° 54.049′ N, 10° 20.838′ E. Marker is in Gerolzhofen, Bavaria, in Kreis Schweinfurt. Marker is at the intersection of Bürgermeister-Weigand Straße and Grabenstrasse, on the right when traveling west on Bürgermeister-Weigand Straße. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bürgermeister-Weigand Straße 4, Gerolzhofen, Bavaria 97447, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parish Church (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Baroque Crucifixion Sculpture
Owl's Tower image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 28, 2014
2. Owl's Tower
(about 90 meters away); The Watchmen's Tower (about 90 meters away); Chapel of St. John (about 120 meters away); Catholic Rectory (about 180 meters away); The Beadle’s Tower (about 210 meters away); Spital Gate (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Former Adminstrative Building (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Gerolzhofen.
 
Also see . . .  Owl's- or Witches Tower. In translation: The strikingly tall, square Owls- or Witches-tower has 5 floors and a distinctive onion dome. It dates from the 14th - 16th century. Across the market place, about 350 meters in a direct line of sight from the "Punishment Tower". Initially, the tower was used as "Bailiwick-dungeon" for witches, and from then on until 1830 as a prison. (Submitted on October 17, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Hexen Gedenkstätte / Witches Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 30, 2014
3. Hexen Gedenkstätte / Witches Memorial
Across the street from the tower, set in a retaining wall, is a stone memorial commemorating the 261 persons in Gerolzhofen, mostly women, that were accused of witchcraft and executed. This toll does not include any number of persons who were accused and incarcerated but died prior to their trial or execution.
Owl's Tower image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 29, 2014
4. Owl's Tower
The marker is visible here, or nearly so, mounted to the wall at chest height to the left of the small gray trashcan.
 
 
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