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Roman walls in Ljubljana

Outside the roman wall of Ljubljana

The ancient Roman name of Ljubljana was Emona. Today one can still see some Roman elements in the city. E.g. this redesign of a part of the Roman town walls created by architect Jože Plečnik. The reconstruction of the walls is not really authentic but works as remarkable monument to the former presence of the Romans.

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City wall of Passau

City walls of Passau, Germany

The city walls of Passau are still to see in some parts. This part is located near a street named Sterkgäßchen in the Innstadt. The Innstadt is a quarter of Passau, situated between the Inn river and the Austrian border. [German]

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The ancient town wall of Cologne

Map of the Roman town wall of Cologne, Germany

Near the museum of local history in Cologne I discovered this map located in the pavement. For me it was an interesting way to learn about the route of the former Roman town wall.

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Roman Tower in Cologne

Street view of the Roman Tower

The Roman Tower (Römerturm) is one of several towers in Cologne dating back to Roman times. At the time of the Romans the city was called Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium. This was surrounded by a strong wall with a total of 19 towers. Remains of this wall and some towers can still be seen today. [German]

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Barbican of the Marientor in Naumburg (Saale)

Inside the barbican of a gate named Marientor in Naumburg (Saale), Germany

Of five town gates, only one is left. The Marientor is a gate dating back to 1445. It consists of a tower with the for the region typical conical roof and a barbican covered by a late Gothic wall-walk.

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City wall of Erfurt

11th century city wall of Erfurt, Germany

This pic show the remains of the oldest city wall (11th century) of Erfurt. The depicted wall, generally known as Innere Johannesmauer, had been demolished in 1875. Red and blue street name signs still give a hint which streets were inside or outside the city walls in earlier times.

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City Walls Gates Towers

Aquileia Gate in Udine

Aquileia gate in Udine, Italy

The Aquileia Gate (Porta Aquileia) was errected in 1436 as part of the fifth ring of city walls surrounding the city of Udine. Entering the city through this gate lead to Via Aquileia where you can walk along six old palaces dating back to the 17th-19th centuries.

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Town wall of Wiener Neustadt

Mural depicting the town wall

An interesting way to learn about the former town wall of Wiener Neustadt. At the Reyergasse 10 I saw this mural depicting the walls around the city. Some parts are still to see. E.g. the Reckturm Tower dating back to 13th century is placed at the north-western corner of the city.

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Reckturm in Wiener Neustadt

Reckturm in Wiener Neustadt, Austria

The Reckturm is a tower dating back to 13th century.  After its demolition it was reconstructed in the style of 15th century. The name Reckturm (reck = rack) refers to its use as prison and place for torture. Today it houses a small museum for weapons and about torment.

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City wall of Nuremberg

Town wall of Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is still surrounded by a city wall to a large extend. From my hotel located next to the wall I had this excellent view of the guard’s walkway.

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City wall of Regensburg

Town walls of Regensburg, Germany

Two wall ruins near the railway station of Regensburg. The wall in the foreground was built in medieval times, the wall in the background is even from ancient Roman period.

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Ungartor in Friedberg

Ungartor in Friedberg, Austria

The walls of Friedberg were built with money from the ransom for Richard I of England (‘Richard the Lionheart’). The gate depicted above is a reconstruction and is known as ‘Ungartor’.