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Near Fulda

Mound near Fulda


We were driving from Heidelberg to a small town in the Thuringian Forest when I noticed that Fulda was en route. Even better, we were going to reach it at a point we'd want a break from driving. We were going to arrive around 5 pm, so I hoped the cathedral would still be open. (Fulda is a name to conjure with in the Middle Ages. It's around where Boniface came from England to convert the Germanic people to Christianity. Rabanus Maurus was one of the abbots of the monastery later founded there.)

We were nearing our destination when this loomed up before us. "No wonder this was a holy site with something like that by it!" was my first reaction, before I realized we still had another five or so miles to drive to get to Fulda. The road brought us closer and I realized that surely this mound-out-of-nowhere is actually an industrial site of some sort - mining? But there was a cross perched up there. Fulda's on the edge of an ex-volcanic zone, which is what I initially attributed to the mound to. Thoughts on what it is?

Like the potatoes, this is a photo taken from a moving car.

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a_d_medievalist
Oct. 10th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Could be a hugemongous compost heap. Or manure (although generally, German farms used the liquified stuff, but maybe they make it themselves)?
owlfish
Oct. 14th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Silver star! It's a potash mine, as we deduced today. It seemed way too tall (400 feet?) to be a compost heap. In fact, looking at the map, the potash mountain is bigger than the town next to it.
hairyears
Oct. 11th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)


The Fulda Gap is one of those nearly-places of the Cold War, a space on the map and a gap in the mountains that would've become the anvil of history if a real war had broken out.

Being the main projected invasion route for the Warsaw Pact, it was one of the largest (and longest) stand-offs in history.

a_d_medievalist
Oct. 11th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
It's been a strategic mappoint for centuries.
owlfish
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, but the Fulda Gap is relatively quite big - the motorway went through it for miles and miles. This is one hill, which a casual glance through online articles about the Fulda Gap ails to account for.
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