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Stolpen Castle: Cosel Tower - medieval toilet

Posted by
daniela (Berlin, Germany) on 19 January 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Also on the 4rth floor, behind the little door beneath the bed you saw yesterday, a window in that door gives a view to the in my opinion, saddest thing in this prison tower, a medieval toilet.
Also known as "garderobe" for reasons of ammonia and smell and how to defend your clothes from moths etc.

The medieval toilet here is a little room, built like a balcony, simply a seat with a hole, discharging everything just outside the fortress walls. The seat plate usually was of stone, but in this case of a wooden board and I just have to imagine an old and sick woman having to sit on it in cold german winters makes me very sad for her, although she most likely used a chamber pot.

PENTAX K-x 1/50 second F/6.3 ISO 800 18 mm

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