Genovevaburg

Genovevaburg

Mayen

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The Genovevaburg castle is home to the Eifelmuseum and the Deutsches Schieferbergwerk, or German slate mine.
The Mayen castle festival is held every summer in the castle courtyard.

The Genovevaburg castle is one of the landmarks of the town of Mayen and can be seen from far and wide on a crest of rock above the market square. The late Gothic castle has been besieged, destroyed and rebuilt several times during its eventful history.

The current site consists of the Oberburg, or upper castle, with its 34m-high Goloturm tower, and the Vorburg, or forecastle, which is slightly lower down. Facing the town, the castle is protected by a large castle gate, and to the other sides by the castle keep and an outer ward.

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Mayen

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Eifelmuseum - Deutsches Schieferbergwerk
Genovevaburg
56727 Mayen
Phone: (0049)2651 498508
Fax: (0049)2651 7017833

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Mittelalterliche Stadtbefestigung - Wehrgang

After Mayen was declared as a city by Rudolf von Habsburg in 1291, the city got palisadings and gateways as protection. that they began with the building of the city wall - it was 1,660 m (1,815 yd) long, had 4 gates and 16 towers and starts and ends at the "Genoveva" castle - which surrounded the city almost circular. The fortified wall lost its protective function after cannons got improved in the 17th century. In the 19th and 20th century, large parts of the wall were teared down to cope with the necessary enhancement of the city. A part of the remaining wall was destroyed in World War II. Remaining parts of the city fortification were rebuild. The castle precints was connected with the wall walk via circular stairs and from there you could go to the rose garden and the "Genoveva" castle. The wall walk can only be visited with a city tour.

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Heilig-Geist-Kapelle

The "Heilig-Geist" chapel was built in 1757 and was usually part of the "Hospital zum Heiligen Geist". In 1935, foundations were found which implies that there used to be an own chapel for the hospital. After World War 2, the "Heilig-Geist" chapel used to be an emergency churge for the "St. Clemens" priest's office for a couple of years. After its renovation in the years of 1960/61, the chapel was opened as monument, dedicating to the casualties of the war and the gruesome dictatorship and since that a place for thinking and reflecting.

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Visit the fascinating world of the carnival of Mayen and its 5th season of year. Delve into the unique and fascinating world of the carnival in Mayen from the beginnings until today. Why do we celebrate carnival? Even if you already know the answer on that you will learn more than facts and figures in the carnival museum of Mayen. See magnificent ribbons, traditional uniforms, huts and alot more. Let yourself fascinate by the unique ambience of the carnival museum of Mayen in the "Brückentor" and experience a piece of the attitude towards life of the "Mayener Jecken"  

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The unknown architect, who let the old townhall built in 1717, already knew that the basalt of mayen would be the ideal ressource for building a monument. Also highlighting the window fronts. The entrance also leaves an memorable impression. Four halfround designed steps lead to the portal, framed by massive pillars which is similar to the entrance of the Genoveva Castle which was created by Ravenstein. The city coat of arms is above the entrance. Above that the balcony with a beautiful parapet which is stabelized by a corbel. The square clock tower is located on the attic floor. It has a octagonal erection and a high sound opening. The hiproof is covered with slate. The highlight of that side of the old townhall is the artificial designed clock-face. Furthermore it is a location for weddings.