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U-Turm Bilderuhr in Dortmund

U-Turm Bilderuhr in Dortmund, Germany

The landmark of Dortmund is the big U on top of a former brewery building. Today the building houses besides others the Museum Ostwall and some exhibition rooms. The elements looking like mosaics are actually movies shown high over the city.

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Industrial Heritage

Pithead bath in Dortmund

Waschkaue at Kokerei Hansa, Germany

A detail I was especially impressed in. At the coking plant Hansa I saw a pithead bath. In this hall the workers put their clothes in special frameworks. Each framework is movable up and down by a chain.

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Industrial Heritage

Kokerei Hansa in Dortmund

Cooling tower of cokery Hansa in Dortmund, Germany

Kokerei Hansa is a former coking plant in Dortmund. Today the plant houses a huge climbing gym named Kletterhalle Bergwerk and the remaining installations can be visited by guided tours.

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Animals Industrial Heritage

Sundheimer Huhn at Zeche Zollern

Sundheimer Hühner at Zeche Zollern, Germany

In earlier times German miners used to have a small garden for vegetable and animals behind their homes. While strolling around a mining settlement next to the colliery Zeche Zollern I came across this special breed of chickens. In German they are called Sundheimer.

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Industrial Heritage

Lohnhalle at Zeche Zollern

Lohnhalle at Zeche Zollern, Germany

An interesting detail seen at the colliery Zeche Zollern: The Lohnhalle. This is a building shaped like a station hall with some cashier’s desks inside. Here the miners got paid their wages.

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Art Nouveau Industrial Heritage

Art Nouveau door at Zeche Zollern

Door at the machine hall of Zeche Zollern

A fascinating detail of the Zeche Zollern, a colliery in Dortmund: The door at the machine hall is built in the style of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau). Unfortunately it was closed for renovation during my visit.

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Industrial Heritage

Administration building of Zeche Zollern

Administration building of Zeche Zollern, Germany

The ‘Alte Verwaltung’ served as administration building and office of the director. It was designed by the architect Paul Knobbe. It looks a bit like a manor house or a chapel, doesn’t it?

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Industrial Heritage

Zeche Zollern in Dortmund

Zeche Zollern in Dortmund, Germany

Zeche Zollern is a colliery in Dortmund built in 1898/1904. Some parts of the colliery are built like a castle, therefore it is also called ‘Castle of Work’. It became famous for several special architectural elements, e.g. a gate of the machine hall in the style of art nouveau.