500 Years Of His­tory

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

One of the best-pre­served Re­nais­sance fortresses, the 16th- cen­tury Span­dau Citadel

the Havel and Spree rivers, with its walls pro­tected by four bas­tions. The Julius­turm, or Julius Tower, stand­ing at 30 me­ters tall, is the citadel’s most fa­mous fea­ture, but what’s per­haps more in­ter­est­ing are the Jewish grave­stones from the Mid­dle Ages that were once used as build­ing ma­te­ri­als. Now housed in the citadel mu­seum, th­ese grave­stones shed light into early Jewish his­tory in the re­gion. This month, the citadel will be host­ing its an­nual Citadel Mu­sic Fes­ti­val - a great ex­cuse to visit the fortress while lis­ten­ing to great mu­sic.

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