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23/52 Weekly update Kaiserwerth history tour

This weekly update is going back to when my dad came and finally could visit us again after two year of  covid restrictions on and off here in Germany. Kristihimmelsfärd a bank-holiday weekend end of May.
We had a very nice and relaxing time week together. The weather was good but not too hot. We went biking a lot to our stable, to Kalkum castle park and Kaiserwerth our small historical centrum only 10 minutes bike ride away.

In Kaiserwerth we checked out the old imperial castle Kaiserpfalz which dates back to before year 1016 and was once owned by holy roman Emporer Frederick Barbarossa. Strategical great position at the Rhein riverside to defend and protect the city from invaders. King Barbarossa during the 12th century introduced taxes for using the river waterways for transporting gods and could keep good track of the traffic of the river from the castle. Nearly all the ruins which can be seen today is from Barbarossas time. 

Over the following centuries many groups were fighting over the control of this part of Rhein. Eventually Kaiserpfalz castle was destroyed during 17th and 18th in different battles. During the19th and 20th the bricks from the castle got removed to build up other houses in Kaiserwerth. Today the ruins are owned by the City of Kaiserwerth and are open to the public during spring and summer months. 

In the park next to the St.Suitbertus church we found statues of a few Kaiserwerth profiles which has been important for the city. 

Teodor Fliedner (1800-1864) Christian protestant and founder of the Kaiserwerth diakonie, hospital and deaconess training center. 

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) known as "The lady with the lamp" she was a British nurse, reformer and best known as founder of modern nursing. Florence Nightingale was a student at Teodor Fliedners deaconess nurse training center in Kasierswerth 

Frederich Spee (1591-1635)
Born in Kaiserwerth and was a Jesuit Preist, Professor and poet. He is mostly known as a forceful opponent of witch trials which was going on big time in Europe during this time. This monument is to celebrate him and everything he did for the women classified as witches. 


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