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Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley Sights

Neue Universität (New University)

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Updated 11/15/2013

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The plain building on the south side of Universitätsplatz was erected between 1930 and 1932 through funds raised by the U.S. ambassador to Germany, J. G. Schurman, who had been a student at the university. The only decoration on the building's three wings is a statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, above the entrance. The inner courtyard contains a medieval tower from 1380, the Hexenturm (Witches' Tower). Suspected witches were locked up there in the Middle Ages. It later became a memorial to former students killed in World War I.

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Grabeng., Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, 69117, Germany

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