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Here I show you the rather unspectacular but I think beautiful little church of the village Großaltenstädten in the federal state Hessen - about 60 kilometers north of Frankfurt/Main. Its steeple already was built in late Romanesque as a fortified tower and it has incredible thick walls. It gave people the possibilty to barricade in times of war and other commotions. The today's nave was built in 1841. The village first was mentioned in the year 1309 and the church already in 1310.

As you can see the church stands all alone on a hill above the village. In In 1797 the whole village with its thatched houses - standing around the church - was destroyed by fire, with exception of this ancient fortified tower. The new village then was built down in the valley - near to the brook, to water - also in order to have an own water mill within the village. The church - formerly in the middle of the village - now towers it above on the hill...

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