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Rothenburg, Germany

 

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Rothenburg was once a prosperous medieval town that went to sleep after the Thirty-Years War and didn’t wake up until tourists began knocking on their door centuries later.  Knowing a good thing when they saw it, the residents vowed to keep the town just as it had been in the Middle Ages.

 

Originally a castle on a hilltop a thousand years ago, the walls surrounded the entire town when built in the 13th Century.  During the Reformation, the town turned Protestant and as a result suffered terribly during the Thirty Years War of the 17th Century.  Stripped of its wealth and too poor to afford new buildings, Rothenburg sank into obscurity until the tourists arrived.

 

 

 

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Spencer on the wall surrounding Rothenburg.

 

 

 

 

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Spencer on the Rothenburg wall facing into the village.

 

 

 

 

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St James Cathedral.

It’s so large, it’s hard to get a good picture with all of it showing.

 

 

 

 

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St James Cathedral – trusses supporting the side of the sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

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Alter of the St James Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

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Close-up of the alter.

 

 

 

 

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The old organ at St James Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

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The organ pipes in the balcony area.

 

 

 

 

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Some of the many figures adorning the outside of St James Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

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Down the winding road to the Torture Museum!

 

 

 

 

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A guesthouse in Rothenburg.

 

 

 

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Picturesque street in Rothenburg.

 

 

 

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One of the interesting spots in Rothenburg is the Torture Museum.  As gruesome as it sounds,

it is actually a very interesting exhibit of laws and punishments from the medieval times.

 Here is a collection of clamps and screws attached to a wrongdoer’s arms or legs in very uncomfortable ways.

 

 

 

 

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From the Torture Museum, a place to rest your weary bones if you were ornery.

The next day, though, you would be several inches taller.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s an interesting device known as the “double violin” for fighting spouses. 

Not a musical instrument, but rather a means to clamp your neck and hands, along with those of your spouse,

for a period of several days or weeks.  Needless to say, some cooperation was necessary for eating and drinking.

(I won’t even try to IMAGINE going to the bathroom!)

For a better picture of what this was like, see the next picture.

 

 

 

 

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Imagine being “attached” to your spouse like this for a few days!!

 

 

 

 

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Shame mask.  Worn for minor offenses like telling dirty jokes.

 

 

 

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A depiction of mediaeval torture.

 

 

 

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An ornate doorway in Rothenburg.

 

 

 

 

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I always thought Rachmaniniff was just a composer, but

it looks like he liked to make vodka, too.

This was in one of the Rothenburg storefronts.

 

 

 

 

Rothenburg SQE Dad Gallows

Hey, let me out.  Dad did it, not me!!!

 

 

 

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Horse and buggy coming through one of the many arches in Rothenburg.

 

 

 

 

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Can you believe it?  What medieval village would be complete without its very own McDonalds!!??

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed

Rothenberg.

 

 

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