Iron Tower

Mainz, Germany

The Iron Tower (Eisenturm) is a medieval tower dating to the early 13th century, and modified in the 15th century, which with the Wood Tower and the Alexander Tower is one of three remaining towers from the city walls of Mainz, Germany. Its name derives from the Iron Market (Eisenmarkt), which was held in the immediate vicinity until the 19th century.

The Iron Tower served as a watchtower and gate to the city, and later as a gaol. It was badly damaged in World War II and reconstructed in the 1960s. Today it houses various organizations and art projects and is used for art exhibitions.



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Rheinstraße 59, Mainz, Germany
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Founded: c. 1240
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Maciej Borski (9 months ago)
so-called The Iron Tower is a Gothic tower with an archway and two yellow lions on its sides. Across the street is the Town Hall - an ugly building, currently under renovation.
EssSea Jee (11 months ago)
Impressive medieval city tower as part of the old fortification. The name was given by the iron market, similar to the wood market in the case of the wooden tower, which took place nearby. The tower cannot always be visited, but there are often art exhibitions that are free and allow a look inside.
Maryanne Morris (12 months ago)
Was difficult taking a photos from the cars parking just in front of it! :)
hussein Alogeel (13 months ago)
Danielle Cummings (2 years ago)
We were only able to see the outside, but we enjoyed that very much, especially the old stone arched window frames from 1277. It was fun to walk under the tower, though it would be nice if the view was nicer from either end of it. History of the tower is cool (see info sign in photos). I wouldn't say this is a "must see" but if you have time to kill and like old buildings, you should!
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