Kaiserswerth – the oldest area of Düsseldorf
Kaiserswerth is an amazing historical place and is considered to be one of the oldest areas of Dusseldorf. This place is often visited by different kind of people, from young to grown-ups because of its unbelievable history and incredible ruins of old castle Barbarossa Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor. This district is located in a picturesque place in the north part of the city and it’s also next to the river Rhine. Kaiserswerth is not a big district, is just about 4.71 km² and it’s hosting the Deaconess's Institute of Kaiserswerth. This area has a lot of features which will provoke you a particular interest. Some of these attractions can include old churches, cultural heritage monuments – buildings, other monuments and archaeological monuments. Also here you can see Stadtkirche Kaiserswerth, Mutterhauskirche, St. Suitbertus Kaiserswerth.
History of Kaiserswerth
Kaiserswerth is the Düsseldorf's oldest and richly traditional neighborhood. Its story begins in very early years, about in the year 700 when the monk Saint Suitbert founded a Benedictine abbey at Werth. Werth was an island that formed an important crossing point of the Rhine. The abbey was destroyed 88 years later. In 1045, in this place was built The Kaiserpfalz which was temporary seat of the Holy Roman Emperor. In 1062 the island's name changed from Werth to Kaiserswerth. In 1174, Friederick I Barbarossa moved the Rhine customs collection to Kaiserswerth. In 1273, the emperor pledged Kaiserswerth to the Archbishop of Cologne forming a de facto enclave within the Duchy of Jülich-Berg. In 1585 the town was captured during the Cologne War, and then occupied by the Spanish from 1589 to 1592. In 1636 the town was captured again by the forces of Hesse. In the 19th century Kaiserswerth was famous for its deaconess clinic. Later, in both World Wars, there was a great military hospital. Just in 1929 Kaiserswerth became a part of Düsseldorf and from then this area is a tourist magnet which draws a great number of tourists.
The main touristic attraction
In Kaiserswerth you can see a lot of historical attractions. One of the main attractions here is the collegiate church of the 13th Century. It contains the magnificent shrine (12th/13th century) with relics of saints Suitbertus. Here you can see some of the ruins of the first church and monastery which was founded in 8th century by the English Benedictine monk. The most interesting and breathtaking touristic attraction are the ruins of the Imperial Palace. It is a reminiscent of the glorious and the powerful past. Its ruins are about 15 meters high. It was the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa who founded the Palace in the 12th Century. This Palace has dominated for centuries the current region. This is a definitely must-view attractive point. It is a gorgeous place full of history events and amazing design.
Among the cultural heritage monuments here you can see the Fronberghaus, which has an amazing design. Another point of interest is the far and wide unique Romanesque building. Also a touristic attraction is the Lower Rhine and small-town market with its many historic buildings. Here is also the home of the deaconess in a social accomplishment.
In Kaiserswerth there are some interesting museums like Museum Kaiserswerth, Museum zur Kultur des Helfens, Kunstarchiv Kaiserswerth. All of these museums have interesting and diverse exhibits from very early times of this region
So if you like to enter the mystery of this place, take your time and visit this marvelous district, because its amazing history will leave you speechless. It is a definitely must-see region in your tour through the Dusseldorf City.
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