Shots in the City : Nuremberg Edition
Shots in the City is a collection of photos from one city, showcasing hidden corners that aren't as well travelled with interesting facts about the place I photographed. Here is my hidden corners of the City of Nuremberg.
No. 1 : River Pegnitz & Hangman's Bridge
No. 2 : Palace of Justice
Did you know? In the centre of Nuremberg, two rivers - the river Pegnitz and Rednitz - diverge and intertwine with footbridges crossing over both. Hangman's Bridge, one of the many footbridges, is so called, as during the Middle Ages, the Hangman lived in the tower above it. His job was seen by the other inhabitants of the city as improper, so he had to live outside the city walls.
Did you know? The Palace of Justice is a collection of buildings, including a prison and courthouse, that was built in the early 20th century. It is most well known as the location where the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials took place between 1945 and 1946. After the Second World War, representatives from the USA, Great Britain, France and Germany came together to cross-examine and condemn the behaviour of leading Nazis.
No. 3 : Nuremberg City Walls
Did you know? The old town, or Altstadt, of Nuremberg is surrounded by nearly 5 kilometres of city wall. Watch towers punctuate them at intervals which, in the past, would have protected the city from intruders, and made Nuremberg one of the most formidable fortifications in Europe. This tower is in the Tiergartnertor section of the city walls, just around the corner where artist Albrecht Durer lived.
No. 4 : St Sebald's Church
No. 5 : Burgstraße
No. 6 : Winklerstrasse
Did you know? The towers of St Sebald's, one of the three most important churches in Nuremberg, are a symbol of the city during WW2. The entire church was destroyed, apart from the two towers, that are recognizable through archive footage of the bombed city. Beautifully renovated after the war, it stands as a memorial to Nuremberg's past but also represents the rebirth of the city and stands as an important symbol of a peaceful future.
Did you know? Before and during the Second World War, Nuremberg was where huge rallies were held to gain support for the National Socialist Regime (Nazis). To the far south of the city, the Documentation Centre Museum is housed in the purpose built headquarters and grounds where the rallies were held. From the Castle, Burgstraße lead through the centre of the city and was used as a parade route on the way, past the town hall, to the rally grounds beyond.
Did you know? During the Second World War, Nuremberg was flattened by carpet bombing that left the city in piles of crumbling buildings. Now it has become a symbol of rebirth after war and if you walk through the streets, you would hardly know what had happened in the past. The buildings have been lovingly rebuilt in keeping with the original architecture, but they are much less old than they look at a glance.
No. 7 : Haupmarkt
Did you know? One of the main squares in the old town of Nuremberg, Haupmarkt, is where the famous Christmas Market is held every year during December. The square is overshadowed by the front of Fruankirche (Our Lady's Church) and in the centre, a beautiful Gothic spire fountain rises out of the cobbled pavement. The market stalls sell everything from wooden decorations to Nuremberg specialities such Nuremberg Bratwurst and local gingerbread, Lebkuchen.