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Seigerturm vom Markt aus - Stolberg
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The Seigerturm tower dominates the landscape of the town and rises high above the southern end of the marketplace. Built in 1282, it used to be part of the inner town gate that protected the market. The actual gate is no longer standing; it used to be a large archway that was also part of the old town hall. The original lower, rubble-built part of the tower is still standing, but the upper part was replaced by bricks in 1832. Around this time, the tower was also topped off with its double lanterns.
The name of the tower can be traced back to the smelting huts (in German: ‘Saigerschmelzhütte’) that were located next door.