GORLITZ, GERMANY, May 6, 2015 Day 2

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Fat Tower – todays adventure!

May 6, 2015

While sitting in  Gorlitz’s Marienplatz ( square) enjoying a wonderful bowl of gulash that I bought at the outdoor market, I noticed  the Fat Tower was open for visitors.   I wasted no time.  This I had to see!

According to the tower guide,  it  was built some time before 1305 and was part of the city’s defense system, which included other towers and a wall around the city.  So both of us climbed the 180 steps to the top, although there are actually 2 top floors so there was a small rest stop.

I had to ask ” So how many times do you climb this tower each day with visitors?”  “6 miles  worth of climbing. I  am very fit.” she told me.  And I believe her.

She went on to say that they the last family ( of 8)  that lived in the tower moved out in 1903.  Also  most interesting, the tower was  the location of a disco in the past,  so 2 modern  toilets were installed,  which were also very near top.

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This photo gives  you an idea  of  the thickness of  those walls.

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This is the 2nd floor from the top, with a decent size room ( for a tower) in the middle.

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This is the top floor  where you can see the separate rooms – I think there was 6 or 7.

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Top floor main room.

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Photo of the last family that lived in the tower,

sitting in the kitchen.

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Bonus to seeing the inside of Fat Tower :

The views were incredible!

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Interesting tid bit – this looks like a church but it has now been turned into a school.

Thanks for joining me!

 

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