Taking part in Paula’s photo challenge “traces of the past” (in monochrome) I thought it was fitting to showcase a part of my past (no, I’m not THAT old).
This tower – dating back to the second half of the 13th century – has dominated my childhood as it cast its shadow over the garden behind our house. It owes its name “der blaue Hut” (the blue hat) from the former, long gone slate blue roof.
This view shows how it was once part of the town wall of Weinheim an der Bergstraße, Germany, but now stands at the border between the town and the palace grounds.
At night it looks eerie and forbidding – reminiscent of its past as jail.
And from the right angle it complements the ruin of the “Burg Windeck” which is another 150 years older.