The City of Thorn

Posted by Illuci (Hurdegaryp, Netherlands) on 25 October 2007 in Cityscape & Urban.

The street in Thorn where my sister lives (her house is not on the picture); Thorn is an old small town, almost all houses in the centre are painted white, it's built around an old monastery for women, dating back to the Middle Ages. In those times Thorn got "City Rights". The name has nothing to do with the English "thorn". The German god Thor who had a temple at this place gave the city its name. Until the French Revolution the place and the surrounding area was an autonomous little state ruled by the monastery-ladies. Only rich and noble ladies got access to the abbey so the Revolution earned a lot of money by confiscating the abbey's properties. There is also a Torún in Poland, named "Thorn" in German.

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