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In May, 2000, and in May, 2002, John and Eleanor Blankenbaker traveled to Germany and Austria to visit villages from which our Germanna ancestors immigrated.  This page contains photos taken in Siegen, Germany.
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(Photos of German and Austrian Villages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 John BLANKENBAKER.)
(Photos of German and Austrian Villages Web Pages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 George W. DURMAN.)


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Photos of Siegen, Germany




Siegen Nikolai Church Tower, View 1

Nikolai Church Tower 1

The Nikolai Church in the old city was built in the 13th Century.  The wrought iron crown of the 17th Century has become the symbol of the town.  The Church was rebuilt following a fire in 1944.
(May, 2000)
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Siegen Nikolai Church Tower, View 2

Nikolai Church Tower 2

Another view of the Nikolai Church Tower in Siegen.
(May, 2000)
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Siegen Nikolai Church Tower Crown

Nikolai Church Tower Crown

This is a close-up of the Crown atop the Tower of the Nikolai Church. It shows more detail. The Crown is recognized as a symbol of Siegen
(May, 2000)
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View of Siegen from the Upper Castle

View of Siegen from the Upper Castle

Close to the Nikolai Church is the Upper Castle, which is on the highest point of the old city.  Atop the castle, there is a "lantern", with eight windows, which give some of the best views of Siegen.  This is the view to the North.  The most prominent feature in the picture is the elevated expressway, which connects the towns to the north to Siegen.  Note how the hills have influenced settlement.  On the very right edge, at the upper side, is the University of Siegen, which is in Weidenau, a district of Siegen.  In the very background (just to the left of the center of the picture) you can recognize some multi-story buildings (only grey rectangles).  This is not Siegen anymore.  It is Kreuztal, a small town near Siegen.  Atmospheric haze is a problem in distance photography.
(May, 2000)
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Siegen Statuary

Siegen Statuary

Every town in Germany has its statuary.  That's no BULL!

(Note from SgtGeorge:  John is correct on this one.  Just wish we could have seen shots of the other two.  I'll bet that one of them was a bull.  'Course it all depends on what you mean by bull.)
(May, 2000)
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Siegen Iron Worker

Seigen Iron Worker

Siegen is known for its centuries of iron working.  This statue memorializes the Iron Worker.  It, and the following statue, are about 100 years old, and have become the symbols of the Region.
(May, 2000)
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Siegen Miner

Siegen Miner

This statue of the Miner is the companion to the Iron Worker above.  It must have been hard work.
(May, 2000)
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NOTE !!!!!

(Photos of German and Austrian Villages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 John BLANKENBAKER.)
(Photos of German and Austrian Villages Web Pages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 George W. DURMAN.)
(While we allow downloading of these pictures for your enjoyment, and for personal genealogical uses, they are copyrighted material and commercial use of them is FORBIDDEN.)

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Aufkirchen   (2002)

Bergnerzell   (2002)

Beyerberg   (2002)

Falkenstein   (2002)

Fellinghausen   (2000)

Frankenhofen   (2002)

Freudenberg   (2000)

Gemmingen   (2000)

Gresten (Austria)   (2000 & 2002)

Guttenberg Castle   (2000)

Haundorf   (2002)

Heidelberg   (2000)

Hüffenhardt   (2000)

Illenschwang   (2000)

Illenschwang   (2002)

Kettenbach   (2000)

Klings   (2002)

Kühnhardt   (2002)

Lambsheim   (2002)

Marienthal   (2002)

Mosbach   (2002)

Neuenbürg   (2000)

Oberfischbach (2000)

Obermichelbach (2002)

Ötisheim   (2000)

Rödgen   (2000)

Schwaigern   (2000)

Seiderzell   (2002)

Siegen   (2000)

Sulzfeld/Ravensburg   (2000)

Stetten   (2002)

Trupbach   (2000)

Waldbach   (2002)

Zaberfeld   (2002)


Gaar Family Villages   (2002) Utz Family Villages   (2002) Map of 2nd Colony
Villages in Germany (2000)

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