Cube tower monument (Würfelturmdenkmal)

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  • Hofgeismar

The legend of the cube tower as a monument in the pedestrian zone

In 1400 the Duke of Braunschweig was murdered near Fritzlar. Friedrich von Hertingshausen, at that time the archbishop's bailiff in the city of Hofgeismar, which belongs to Mainz, was soon considered to be the main culprit. Landgrave Hermann von Hessen and the Brunswick dukes initially tried in vain to catch the murderer in Eichsfeld, then in Mainz. The next year they besieged the city of Hofgeismar, to which Friedrich von Hertingshausen had fled.

In our time it is hard to imagine how hard life in an enclosed city was, but also how difficult it was to support the great Hessian and Brunswick army in front of the city. Months passed. The town of Hofgeismar suffered some damage (house fires, destruction in the fields and on the town's mills). And this is exactly where the legend of the dice tower begins - the explanation for the happy end of the siege. With both sides realizing that they couldn't win the war by normal means, the parties agreed that one should roll the dice and whoever made the best roll should be the winner.

And when the two of them (one from the camp and the other from the city) were facing each other in the field, the one from the camp made the first throw and threw - 17!
There was great jubilation among the besiegers because they thought they had already won. Beyond the 17 there was only one better roll with three dice and probably nobody could do that. But the brave representative of the city thought: There is no need to worry! He shook and shook the dice cup and threw - 18! The city was saved and the enemies had to withdraw.

Stadt Hofgeismar

Marktstraße 17

34369 Hofgeismar


Phone: +49 5671 / 999 222



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