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Only a couple of metres from the market place is another tiny place, plaza, with a rather big stone house with half-timbered upper floor. It is the oldest surviving building in Marburg, built end of 12th century. It once was a church, devoted to St. Kilian. But in the years following reformation, it was no longer used as a place for prayer (St. Mary?s was the only church in town where masses were held then). Instead it became weigh house, bakehouse, house for the guild of shoemakers, orphanage and school house. The plaza is called Schuhmarkt (shoe market), a memory to the shoemakers? guild. During this time, parts of the building were torn off, the stones were used to build the (main) bridge across Lahn river. This was when the building got its half timbered upper floor. Today it houses the Green Cross.
It can be still seen that it was once a church, despite all the demolishing and rebuilding: the former main entrance to the west, which is now a window, still has the old pillars and capitals (last photo).
Address: Marburg, Schuhmarkt
Directions: From the market place, walk down the stairs at the town hall's left (eastern) side. Turn into the tiny street which leads to the left (east) and you stand in front of the former church.
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