The Iron Men of Hattingen, Germany   5 comments


The Iron Men of Hattingen, Germany

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Hattingen, it would seem, is a rather proud town.

Outside the old, walled section of the town stand these statues by Polish artist Zbigniew Fraczkiewicz. The iron men symbolize the battle for steel manufacturing in Hattingen. (In 1720, there were 52 operating coal mines within the municipal area and Hattingen became one of the first industrial cities of the Ruhr region. Steel production started in 1853, when the Henrichshütte was founded. The Henrichshütte became one of the most important employers of the whole region and dominated the town until it closed in 1987.)

The town of Hattingen was first mentioned in 1396, when the Duke of Mark granted permission to build a city wall. Today, Hattingen has a picturesque historic district with Fachwerk (timber-framed houses) built between the 14th and 16th centuries. The old city is still partly surrounded by the city walls, and provides a place for fascinating strolls through medieval buildings.

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5 responses to “The Iron Men of Hattingen, Germany

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  1. Very cool!

  2. What an interesting shot, Rob! I love how you composed this one to include a view of the stonework behind the statues there, well seen and executed my friend!

  3. The wonderfull rusting iron statues look great against the backdrop of the ancient stone wall.

  4. And not a fig leaf in sight! Is it a trick of the POV or has the smallest statue got the largest ……

  5. LOL at Lenscaper, I was thinking the same thing, I love the background structure, these old places are so cool

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