Mauerturm am Westwall, Xanten, Germany

OCTOBER 2007 – The historical tower at the west wall in Xanten, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I arrived in Xanten in Northrhine Westphalia on a cloudy evening. Despite the less than perfect weather conditions I needed to do a walk after the long drive from Munich. And I took my camera.

Xanten has a rich history that dates back to the Roman Empire. But even when the Romans where long gone, the city continued to grow. At some point in time it got protected by sturdy walls in all directions.

My photo shows a beautiful detail of the historical tower at the west wall. It is a good example of how quickly things can change, because back in 2007 – roughly 15 years ago – the building was surrounded by trees and bushes. The eye catchers were the colorful red and white window shades. A metal bell had been mounted to the wall outside of the window.

Today, the plants surrounding the building have been removed, turning the cozy look from 2007 into the clean, almost scary looking entrance to the city it probably used to be back in its heydays. And yes, the bell is gone as well. 🙂

In any event, if you are in the region and want to see a lot of history in a single place, Xanten is the perfect location.

The high-resolution image

Capture Date & Time11-OCT-2007, 17:43
LocationXanten, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/60 sec at f/11
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3180 x 4895 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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