Speyer Old Gate

Speyer, Germany

The Old Gate (Altpoertel) is the medieval west city gate of Speyer, and is one of the original 68 towers in the old walls and gates. Today it is one of the largest and most architecturally significant of the remaining city gates in Germany.

The Old Gate was built between 1230 and 1250 on the ruins of a previous tower. The bottom of the 13th century tower remains as the foundation but, in 1511, Speyer's mayor ordered that the tower be rebuilt, so the top portion is newer. It was completed in 1514. It was originally built as an exterior gate, connecting the old town with the suburb of St.Gilgenvorstadt. A 20 metres high roof was added in 1708.

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Founded: 1230-1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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sarah elhouch (4 months ago)
This is the old gate , you will see it when you walk in the street of the old town! There are many coffee places and restaurants that are very good!
Berrick Barnes (3 years ago)
Great history, tremendous views of Speyer.
Rebecca Stroud (3 years ago)
Always beautiful to visit. Lots of lovely restaurants nearby and gorgeous to visit during festivals especially the Kaisertafel.
Ірина Альохіна (3 years ago)
Very interesting view from the top of gate, beatiful inside, interesting excursion
Karl Hurkett (3 years ago)
On a sunny day it’s always great to take a look around Speyer from the Altpörtel.
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