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Dicker Turm (Schloss), Heidelberg

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Flanking the castle from the Artillery Garden , the bulwark was built in 1533 under Ludwig V. (1508-1544) and still shows impressing evidence of its time: the inner diameter is 14 meters, it is 40 meters above the valley, and the walls are 7 meters thick. In 1619, it was extended under Friedrich V. (1610-1623) as statues and inscriptions testify. A festive hall with high windows for the English Palace was erected on the top storey. A defense feature in the middle ages, later it was used for courtly functions. For some few years (until Friedrich V. had to flee) the cultural life took place here. In 1693, due to the French-Palatinate Succession War the north west wall was completely blasted off. The gaping hole left is clearly visible from town.