Deutsches Tor - German Gate

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Königstraße, Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
Deutsches Tor - German Gate - Monument to German-French friendship at Deutsches Tor
Deutsches Tor - German Gate - Relief in the gable
Deutsches Tor - German Gate - Deutsches Tor, outside facade
Deutsches Tor - German Gate - Deutsches Tor and park
Deutsches Tor - German Gate - Deutsches Tor
Deutsches Tor - German Gate - Deutsches Tor

Deutsches Tor - German Gate Landau in der Pfalz Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Deutsches Tor - German Gate Apr 28, 2017
The German gate is one of the two remaining gatehouses in Vauban's huge fortification which was built around the town in 1688-1691. The sheer size gives an idea how huge the ramparts must have been.

It was named the „German“ gate because it is pointing north, towards Germany, as opposed to its southern opposite whichwas named the „French“ gate (see separate tip).

The outward gable bears a relief of Louis XIV's symbol, the sun, and his motto. The ideology behind: just like the rays of the sun reaches and warms everyone equally, the reign of the good sun king means well-being for all his subjects. A popular symbol among absolutist rulers.

The building is unused and in a sorry shape. Seems the town does not know what to do with it. It is surrounded by a well kept garden with lawns and blooming flower beds, though.

Post-war times brought a drastic and great change in politics: After being almost constantly at war for centuries, the two neighbouring nations France and Germany have become the closest friends and allies. Both gatehouses have received inscriptions and memorials that point out the French-German friendship. Here it is the stone monument in the garden with two pairs of hands building a stone column. The sculpture was a donation of Ribeauville, Landau's French partner town, in 1987. It is entitled „Contruisons ensemble“ - Let's build together.
Deutsches Tor
Deutsches Tor
Deutsches Tor and park
Deutsches Tor, outside facade
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Landau in der Pfalz
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