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Holstentor Lübeck #WeAreConquest

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This time I'm presenting you the Holsten Gate in the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. This Brick Gothic construction is one of the relics of Lübeck's medieval city fortifications and one of the two remaining city gates.

Because its two round towers and arched entrance are so well known it is regarded today as a symbol of this German city and also one of my personal favorites.

I was trying to remain as true to the original layout as possible. For the general design it wasn't that hard but for the interior I had to improvise through all levels. Structurally it should be quite right, like the strength of the walls, the number and arrangement of embrasures and gun chambers or even very small details like canons fixed into the ceilings by chains in order to cushion the recoil. (thanks to Monsterfish for the lovely possibilities of the Conquest Ressourcepack). The rest of the furnishing is completely fictional and probably would have let to a desaster in a case of emergency. Still for decorational purposes I arranged the ammunition depots on all levels right next to the canons. :p)

Facts and History:
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The rich and wealthy Hanseatic city of Lübeck felt the need in the course of the centuries to protect itself from outside threats with ever stronger walls and fortifications. Three gates - one of them the Holsten Gate - gave access to the city. These city gates were initially simple gates which were repeatedly strengthened over time so that they eventually all had an outer, middle and inner gate.

The Holsten Gate was built in 1478 in the west of the city of Lübeck.

Functionally, the field and the city side have very different designs. While the city side is richly decorated with windows, this would be inappropriate on the field side considering the possibility of combat situations. On the field side there are accordingly only a few small windows. In addition, the walls are interspersed with embrasures. Also, the wall thickness on the field side is greater than on the city side: 3.5 metres compared to less than 1 metre. The reasoning during construction may have been to be able to quickly destroy the gate from the city side in an emergency, so that it would not fall into enemy hands as a bulwark.

The loopholes and the openings of the gun chambers are directed toward the field side. In each tower there were three gun chambers each on the ground, first and second floors. Those on the ground floor have not been preserved. Since the building has subsided over the centuries, they are now 50 centimetres below ground level, and even below the new flooring. On the first upper storey there are, in addition to the aforementioned chambers, two slits for small guns which were above and between the three chambers. There are also small openings on the third upper storey with forward- and downward-directed slits for firing small arms.

The central block has no loopholes. The windows above the passage were also designed for dousing invaders with pitch or boiling water.

Both tower interiors have the same design.On each floor corridors connect the rooms of the central block with tower rooms at the same level.The gun chambers in the towers are in front of the loopholes.Above the gun chambers are hooks from which the above mentioned chains were suspended and attached to the cannon to cushion the recoil after firing. The higher gun chambers of the first upper storey could only be accessed with ladders.

Throughout its history the Holsten Gate was never attacked - hardly surprising.


source: Wikipedia

Ressource pack: Conquest for 1.7.10 (highly recommended)
overlayed with a custom texture for the typical hanseatic brick
Renders: Chunky

You may use this build on servers, but must give credit to me. Do not repost or claim this project to be yours.

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03/21/2016 3:22 pm
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Senaaib's Avatar
Very Nice project!!! A well deserved Diamond...
03/17/2016 8:24 pm
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Tlatoani's Avatar
WOW!, Imagine a city with this kind of architecture :0
07/19/2019 6:27 am
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MatsCraft1's Avatar
wow imagine actually going to Lübeck lol
03/06/2016 4:49 am
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Very_T's Avatar
This is really amazing! Great work!
03/06/2016 7:28 am
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fov360's Avatar
Thanks a lot man!
12/19/2015 4:28 am
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Excellent work!  I love it!
12/19/2015 4:35 am
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Thanks my friend!
12/17/2015 11:15 am
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12/19/2015 3:19 am
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Thanks a lot!
12/17/2015 10:21 am
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Sehr schön!
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