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

Die “Kitzinger Elle” / The “Kitzingen Foot”

 
 
Die "Kitzinger Elle" / The "Kitzingen Foot" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 18, 2016
1. Die "Kitzinger Elle" / The "Kitzingen Foot" Marker
Inscription.
Die eiserne Elle diente als Längenmass der Stadt Kitzingen. Sie ist 33.3 Zentimeter lang und entsprach dem gültigen Mass im Königreich Bayern. Acht Unterteilungen ermöglichten die Umrechnung in verschiedene Bruchteile der Elle.

Der Rat der Stadt wachte über das Recht seiner Bürger an Massen und Gewichten. Mit dieser Musterstelle könnte die korrekte Länge der auf dem Markt verkauften. Tuchwaren und Stoffe leicht überprueft werden, Marktsünder wurden auf dem Marktplatz zu Gespött der Bürger mit dem Halseisen and den Pranger gekettet.

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(English translation:)

The iron foot served as offical length of measure in the City of Kitzingen. At 33.3 centimeters, it was the official measure of length in the Kingdom of Bavaria. Eight subdivisions along the foot allowed for the conversion of length into different fractions.

The city council had supervisory authority over the use of weights and measures. With this example in place it was possible to judge the correct lengths of goods sold at the market. Cloth goods and fabrics were easily checked, and market cheaters were chained with a neckiron to the stocks to be ridiculed in the market place.
 
Location. 49° 44.345′ N, 10° 9.711′ E. Marker is in Kitzingen

Die "Kitzinger Elle" / The "Kitzingen Foot" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 18, 2016
2. Die "Kitzinger Elle" / The "Kitzingen Foot" Marker
The "foot" is visible here just to the left of the marker, on the corner of the city hall.
, Bavaria, in Landkreis Kitzingen. Marker is on Marktstrasse just west of Obere Kirchgasse, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kitzingen, Bavaria 97318, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of Friedrich von Deuster (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mainstockheim Synagogue (approx. 4.1 kilometers away); The Bacchus Inn (approx. 6.9 kilometers away); Dettelbach Synagogue (approx. 7 kilometers away); Dettelbach City Hall (approx. 7 kilometers away); Mainbernheimer Gate (approx. 8 kilometers away); Iphofen City Hall (approx. 8.1 kilometers away); Ebracher House (approx. 8.1 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to the side of the city hall.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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