|The Dammtor, Jüterbog|
We have visited here twice now, both as part of a biking tour, and most recently last Friday when we cycled along the Fläming-Skate to Baruth (about 60km in all). Which is why avid readers will notice that my last few blog posts have been about the Jüterbog region; that and because this weekend has been wet and grey and we are now stuck in the house with our computers and a load of photos!
When I see its name written down, my brain immediately scans it as 'Jitterbug', and I end up getting the awful Wham! song as an earworm. Damn you George Michael for that! Actually it is pronounced more like 'Yooter-bok'. There are quite a few guesses at where the name derives from, the most fanciful being that a woman named Jutta was the first to enter through the Neumarkttor (New Market Gate) with her billy goat - Ziegenbock in German. Hence Jutta - bock. Whatever the truth in that (very little I suspect) it has resulted in the official coat of arms of Jüterbog becoming a rampant black goat with golden horns and hooves. Also now there is a wooden statue of the legendary Jutta with her goat beside the Neumarkttor:
With woman and goat.
Neumarkttor is the Eastern gate into the Altstadt. There are two others; the northerly one being the Zinnaer Tor, and so called because it leads to Kloster Zinna (worth a bike out to in itself).
From the inside the Altstadt
From outside the town walls
You can just make out a 'Jüterbog cudgel' left of the arch.
|Dammtor, showing the inner courtyard|
|Inside the Dammtor looking out|
|Outside the Dammtor (and the Altstadt) looking in|
Just inside the Dammtor is the Dammtorturm (on the left. I can't work out what the one on the right is called):
|Dammtorturm, looking towards Jüterbog town centre|
|Close-up of the Dammtorturm|
|Dammtorturm, looking towards the Dammtor itself.|
Oh yes, very good. It is actually called das Knoblauchhaus (garlic house) and is a restaurant and cafe. Like every other interesting place to eat on this day (a Friday in April), it was closed. It stands on a square that was once the site of the Heilig-Geist-Kapelle (Holy Ghost Chapel), which is something you often find: a church-run hospital to look after pilgrims and the sick just inside the town walls by the main entrance. There is nothing there now of it though, but an information board shows a mediaeval skeleton that was excavated in the square, probably a pilgrim who didn't make it.
What is in the Heilig-Geist-Platz is a Luthereiche - or Luther oak - planted in 1883 to commemorate the 400th birthday of the great protestant reformer Martin Luther.
Can't see many horses though.
With some fine forsythia in bloom
|Part of the Soviet cemetary|
|West-side of the Rathaus|
|Roland Statue on the Marketplace|
There are always Roland statues on German free-town marketplaces.
For sake of completeness, I should add that just North of the Marktplatz is the former Franciscan monastery church or Mönchenkirche, but this building has seen a lot of damage and from 1970 worship was stopped and it was used as a warehouse instead. It was rebuilt (almost from scratch it looks like) in the 1980's, and since 1985 it has been a library and events centre.
Here I shall leave you with some photos of it:
|Detail of statue of St Nicholas over the Western entrance|
|Looking up above the Western entrance|
|Exterior wall plaque|
|Decorated interior buttresses|
|Looking up to the organ|
|Detail of side-chapel ceiling.|
The Four Apostels,
|Organ viewed from first-storey balcony|
|That lovely pipe-organ again.|
|Nikolaikirche viewed from the South|
|Memorial to the victims of the First World War|
|First World War memorial|
|The massive eastern transcept|
|Close-up of those crazy towers and bridge|