Iphofen in Landkreis Kitzingen, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
The Owls’ Tower
[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. Touch 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); 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). Touch for a list and map 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: (Submitted on August 11, 2012.)
Additional keywords. jail prison
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.