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Upper Cavalier at Tiedexer Gate

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The Cavalier was not a gentleman in former days, but part of the city’s fortification.

Formerly, in times of the Einbeck's medieval city fortification, the Upper Cavalier was a bastion for mortar guns. The name Cavalier refers to a raised gun platform that was part of the medieval fortification. The walls of this platform were as high as the outer rampart.

The former gate Tiedexer Tor was one of five fortified city gates in the wall of the city that existed since the 13th century. There were approximately 25 wall towers for defence purposes. In the 14th century the inner moat was built behind the city wall. This moat was surrounded by a rampart.

Following, in the 15th century, the gate Tiedexer Tor was fortified even more – it was strengthened by a gun platform the so-called Upper Cavalier (built between 1455 and 1466). Afterwards, an outer moat was added.

The Upper Cavalier consisted of three protruding, semi-circular-shaped arcs of the wall - the middle one being the largest. It was covered by a slated roof that could be removed and covered the platform. From this platform, it was possible to defend the town with mortar guns.

Today, onlytwo of these three arcs are still visibleas they are protruding into the streamKrumme Wasser

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Upper Cavalier at Tiedexer Gate
Tiedexer Tor
37574 Einbeck

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