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The Dark Gate (Finstertor) is the only preserved city gate of the Nikolai district. It was referred to as the "Gate at the Watchman of the Dead" as early as 1455. The neighbouring Franconian style timber-framed house was the executioner's home from 1571 on. Because of his disreputable profession the executioner had to live outside the city walls, and if only just next to the city gate.
Nowadays the Executioner's house is home to the so called "Jugendbauhütte", a vocational training place/school for youth who want to become craftsmen/builders. It's a project founded and promoted by the city, state and the German Heritage Foundation.
Location: walk toward Nikolai church, then turn right to Große Wallstraße, then left to Finstertorstraße.
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