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When you do a half-timbered houses walk through Marburg you might find two different house numbers at some of the houses. I noticed it but without the help of Mr. Lucker of Hesse-Stübche I would never have found out what this means, because it is mentioned nowhere. These unusual house numbers are painted on the wood and not on little metal plates (these are the actual ones) and their origin is quite funny. When Napoleon came to town in 1806 to ransack around and destroy the castle fortress, he decided to number the houses. His riding troops got paint buckets and had to do this, that?s the reason why these numbers are higher than the usual eye-level. Only a couple of houses have their old numbers restored, like the one in Metzgergasse 5, Napoleon?s number 243 (main photo) and a house in Weidenhäuser Strasse (across Lahn river, photo 4). What I found extra cute is that the owners of the house in Metzgergasse (the Lucker family of Hesse-Stübche) have painted their today house number 5 in the Napoleon style as well (photo 5).
Thanks Mr. Lucker for telling me this all!
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