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Old City Gate - Altpörtel, Speyer: 12 reviews and 32 photos

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  • Altportel - Speyer

The Altportel is said to be one of the most important and tallest town gates standing at a height of fifty five metres in Germany. The lower part of the gate was built between 1230 - 1250. The upper part with its late Gothic Balustrade was built between the years 1512 - 1514. The gate has two clocks on the tower which faces the Cathedral the bigger one shows the hour and the smaller one quarter hour or minutes, the reason for the two clocks was to alert the travelling pilgrims that the hour grows late. The Altportel is one of the few buildings in Speyer to have survived intact after the War of the Great Aliance in 1689.
The old gate is constructed in Germany sand stone and has beautiful hues of white, pink and grey I could only marvel at its age and great beauty it provides as an entry point to the town of Speyer.

Address: Maximilian Strab
Directions: West side of the town
Phone: +49 - 6232 - 142392

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  • Updated Nov 27, 2006
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