The Fagus factory is a very special world heritage site because the factory is still in operation. The buildings house a production for shoe lasts as well as a museum about the history of the company and shoes in general. The architecture is considered as an example of early modern architecture and was designed by Walter Gropius and Adolf Mayer.
This monument dedicated to a legendary figure named Huckup was created by Carl Röder in 1905. The Huckup is a sort of Aufhocker, an undead who bothers hikers. I don’t give much for the idea of getting haunted by an undead but I like the interpretation for the Hildesheim Huckup.
On my photo walk through Hildesheim I came across this replica of a Bhairava statue next to the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum. The replica was created for an exhibition about Indonesian art and culture in the year 1995.
Amazing piece of art, isn’t it? The 11th century Romanesque wheel chandelier is composed of a circular hoop which is 6 metres in diameter. It is placed in the Hildesheim Cathedral and was named after Bishop Hezilo of Hildesheim.
The Rose of Hildesheim grows on a wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral, which has been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1985. The rose bush, a Rosa canina or wild dog rose, is believed to be the oldest living rose in the world.
In the past fabrics were measured in ells (Ellen). In order to have a uniform standard for the whole market such ells were displayed at central places in the city. The Elle of Hildesheim is shown at the city hall.
The most famous building at the market place of Hildesheim is probably the guildhall of the butchers (Knochenhaueramtshaus). It was destroyed in March 1945 and has been completely restored after 1986. I was surprised to see that some of the old soffits got contemporary paintings obviously influenced by the cruelty of World War II.
On the way back to my hotel I passed the palace of Celle (Schloss Celle) again. Sometimes a walk around a castle at night is even more exciting than in the daylight. Especially if you are alone in the streets.
Another different style of a portal. The inscription dated 1631 gives me a thoughtful insight into the German of the 17th century: ‘Wer Got vetrauwet hat wolgebauwet’. Today we would write: ‘Wer Gott vertraut hat wohl gebaut’.