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Nuremberg Let’s continue our virtual walk in Nurnberg and its most prominent architecture monuments. This time, we will focus on such breath-taking sights as Nuremberg Castle, Frankenstadion, Nuremberg State Theatre, St. Sebaldus Church, . For many people, the cultural and historical vibe of these monuments defines the atmosphere of not only Nurnberg, but also Germany in general. We will make a virtual 3D tour to every monument, look at it from a bird’s eye view, and browse the most interesting facts that have defined the history of Nurnberg. The photo gallery and maps are the cherry on the cake!

Nuremberg Castle, Nurnberg

» The Nuremberg Castle is an oldest construction that began to be built on a hilltop in the 11th century. The fortress can be divided into three parts: the Imperial Castle, The Burgraves’ Castle, and the Imperial City fortress. Each of them was erected at a different time.
»  The first and oldest one is the Pentagonal Tower (1105). Later, in the 12-13th century, the Walburga Chapel was built. It still exists and holds religious services.
»  The Sinwell Tower has an observation deck that has a wonderful view of Old Town.
»  A rock in the centre of the fortress has a 47-metre-deep well hollowed through it. A stone thrown down flies for 5 seconds till splash.
»  During the Second World War, the allied troops that occupied Nuremberg found a cache of looted valuables from European museums in the cellars of the castle. After the war, they were returned to their owners.
»  During recent archaeological research in the castle area, foundations dating back to 1,000 AD were found.

Frankenstadion, Nurnberg

» The Grundig Stadion was built between 1926 and 1928. It was located on the territory that was subsequently chosen by Hitler for congresses of the Nazi Party of Germany. During those years, the youth wing of the party called the Hitler Youth held sports competitions and gathered for rallies at the stadium.
»  After Germany’s surrender, US soldiers started to train at the stadium.
»  Then the Nürnberg football club continued training at the stadium.
»  During the final match of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup held in Nuremberg in 1967, the Bayern Munich team managed to win. It was the only victory in the team’s record.
»  In 1972, the arena hosted matches between the teams that took part in the Summer Olympic Games.
»  In 1991, the arena was reconstructed, and a roof appeared over the stadium.
»  In 2006, the stadium hosted the FIFA World Cup.

Nuremberg State Theatre, Nurnberg

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Facts: » The Staatstheater Nürnberg is Germany’s largest theatre. Its construction was led by architect Heinrich Seeling. The grand opening took place in 1905.
»  The foyer of the theatre used to be decorated with a painting by Anselm Feuerbach called Battle of the Amazons. After the war, the building was reconstructed in 1936.
»  In 1959, a separate building of a drama chamber theatre was built. Another theatre stage called Blue Box has recently been erected to show premiere performances.
»  120 artists of various genres and 90 orchestra members work on these stages. The theatre’s annual repertoire includes 650 performances.
»  The auditorium has 1,000 seats. In 2003, the Nuremberg Theatre became the State Theatre.

St. Sebaldus Church, Nurnberg

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Facts: » St. Sebaldus’ Church was named after a simple person, a hermit who lived in a forest near the city. The place of his burial became a place of pilgrimage for local residents, near which a basilica was built in 1248.
»  In 1379, it was expanded and named after St. Sebaldus.
»  During the World War II bombing, the church was badly damaged. However, many valuable historic artefacts were preserved by residents of the city and brought back after the restoration of the church.
»  Those were a bronze monument of St. Sebaldus (1508-1519) with a silver shrine storing a sack with the saint’s relics, a font for baptism (1430), an altar (1480), stained-glass windows based on drawings by Albrecht Dürer, and other valuables.
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