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Hexenturm (Witches' Tower)

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The Hexenturm was originally constructed in the 15th century as a watchtower to protect the town from invaders. What remains today is an imposing 9 meters in diameter and 24-meter-high tower which was used as a grim prison during the time when Gelnhausen was the center of a witch hunt in the late 16th century. Dozens of women were either burned at the stake or bound hand and foot and then thrown into the Kinzig River after being held prisoner here.

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Am Fratzenstein, Gelnhausen, Hesse, 63571, Germany

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