Heiligengeistfeld

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Map showing the Heiligengeistfeld
Former Flakturm IV on Heiligengeistfeld

Heiligengeistfeld (lit. field of the Holy Spirit) is an area of Hamburg in the St. Pauli quarter. Since 1893 the funfair Hamburger DOM is held here.[1] In times where this area is not used for exhibitions, circuses or the DOM it is a car park. A building from German Telekom, a swimming complex, Millerntor-Stadion, a school, a patrol station, a defensive tower (Flakturm IV) and a supermarket are fixed structures on the field.

History[edit]

The area was named after the homonymous hospital in 1497, forming a kind of green as part of the hospital's endowment to make up for its maintenance. The area is used for exhibitions since 1863. With the intensifying Allied bombing of Hamburg the Flakturm IV, a combined anti-aircraft gun tower and air raid shelter, was erected on Heiligengeistfeld starting in 1942. The massive structure is still standing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eckardt, Hans Wilhelm (2005). "Hamburger Dom". In Fanklin Kopitzsch and Daniel Tilgner. Hamburg Lexikon (in German) (3 ed.). Ellert&Richter. p. 202. ISBN 3-8319-0179-1. 
Heiligengeistfeld is located in Hamburg
Heiligengeistfeld
Location of Heiligengeistfeld in Hamburg


Coordinates: 53°33′14″N 9°58′14″E / 53.5539°N 9.9706°E / 53.5539; 9.9706