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Marburg’s oldest half timbered house is located “behind” the old university at the corner of Hirschberg and Reitgasse (which leads uphill to Café Vetter), house number is Hirschberg 13. It was built in 1321 (according to dendrochronological tests) and is considered to be one of the earliest half-timbered houses in Germany. The vertical wooden beams are covering all three floors, typical for the building style of these houses. And also typical is the fact that each floor is a bit bigger than the one beneath, which makes the façade look as if it would topple over. But it does not, this was usual in the Medieval times, because the tax one had to pay was based on the size of the ground floor. Consequently, the upper floors were extended to give more room.
The other houses of Hirschberg are also beautiful. The blue one at the corner (photo 4) is of 16th century with magnificent carved corner beams.
Hirschberg 13 is located in.. haha, Hirschberg (street), on the eastern/southern side, with its façade to the south/west. So the best time to take photos is during midday. The other houses have the façade to the east, so the best time would be in the morning.
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