Photographer's Note

I've got a new zoom lens (Tamron 18 - 200 mm, 1:3,5- 6,3) and - of course - I tested it at first on my city's landmark ... ;-)

It is the gold plated crown on top of the steeple of St. Nikolai in the very middle of the old town. It's a wroughtiron artwork and the old-established inhabitants affectionately call it "Krönchen" (little crown).

The church St. Nikolai was built in the 13. century and it is the only hexagonal Romanesque hall-church north of the Alps. It got this golden crown in 1658 as a present of Prince Johann Moritz von Nassau-Siegen, who was made a prince by the emperor in 1652. This gold-plated crown should demonstrate his gain in power - high above the town in an altitude of 55 meters. It has a diameter of 2,35 m and the arrow, showing the wind direction has a length of 3 m.

By the way, the council and the citizenship of Siegen at that time let the prince know, that they regarded this present almost as a blasphemy:: placing the prince's emblem above Lord's house. The prince answered in a letter adressed to the council that this wasn't his intention at all. He declared that he only wanted to donate an unique landmark to the city. This was - in consideration of that time of absolutism - an unbelievable behaviour of the prince. He justified and explained an own decree. The then correspondence still today is preserved. It shows that Johann-Moritz von Nassau-Siegen was a large-hearted sovereign. He played a major role in European and South American history (please see above link).

In the workshop you can see the location of "our Krönchen" and another close up.

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