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The back streets in the old town quarter North of the Münster square witht heir small houses are a mix of architecture form all eras. Many little shops invite for a stroll.
The Pauluskirche was built in 1908-1910, shortly before World War I, by Theodor Fischer as protestant garrison church. This building is one of the earliest examples of modern church architecture with a construction made of concrete in Germany. The contrast to the neighbouring Georgskirche (1902-1904), the catholic garrison church with its neo-gothic style, could not be more striking.
St George's church seen from the Münster steeple
The catholic church of St George was built in 1902-1904 by Maximilian and Carl Anton Meckel. The church was first used by the garrison and became a city parish church in 1920. The style is still entirely neo-gothic, while the neighbouring Pauluskirche, the protestant garrison church which is only four years younger, was built from concrete in modern style.
Dreifaltigkeitskirche seen from Münster steeple
The Dreifaltigkeitskirche is actually the former church of the Dominican monastery, which was closed down when the reformation was introduced in 1531. A new church was built on the old foundations from 1617 to 1621, including the gothic choir.
World War II destroyed the church. Only the facades and the steeple were rebuilt to keep the original outward appearance. The interior is entirely post-war, the building was turned into a parish and meeting centre.
Location: Neue Straße
St george fountain
St George killing the dragon is depicted on a fountain in the little square behind the choir of the Münster church. The statue, originally from 1580, was substituted by a copy in the 19th century.
The fountain with the statue of St. Christophorus was made around 1480 in the workshop of Jörg Syrlin the Elder, one of Ulm's most famous medieval sculptors (now a copy, original in the Ulmer Museum).
The legend says that if you look at a picture of Christophorus you won't die that day. Make sure you visit this fountain...
Location: Weinhof, in front of the Schwörhaus
Kornhaus seen from Münster steeple
The Kornhaus was built as a grain store in 1594. In the late 16th century the population of the city grew rapidly, that's why additional storage buildings were needed.
The renaissance facades have been restored after World War II destructions, the interior is entirely post-war.
Remembering Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was born in Ulm on March 14, 1879. The family moved away a few months later when he was still a baby, but he is still considered Ulm' s greatest son.
The house where the Einsteins lived was destroyed during the war. A monument in Bahnhofstraße, close to the station, recalls the spot.
The whole city is, however, full of Einstein memorials, some of them rather weird...
Photo 1: Bright orange Einstein head in Münster square
Photo 2: Soup can: "100 years Einstein's relativity menue. Brain power à la maison."
Neuer Bau seen from the Münster steeple
The huge complex on the corner of Münster square was built in 1585-1593 as a storehouse for grain, wine and salt. After a fire in 1924 it was restored, then again repaired after suffering some damage in World War II.
Nowadays it hosts the police and some other municipal offices.
The courtyard can be entered. The fountain in the middle (1591, now a copy) bears a statue of empress Hildegard.
The centre of the suburb of Söflingen is a former convent of the Poor Clare Sisters.
The church and some economy buildings are preserved, as well as the general situation of the secluded monastery area encircled by walls and buildings. The cloister and abbey were demolished after the secularization of 1803.
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