Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

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

Please respect my work.
If you want to use my pictures just contact me. I´m a nice one & it won´t hurt, probably.
All images are copyright protected. They may not be printed from the screen, copied, distributed, published or used for any commercial or other purpose without my written consent, which I´ll give you gladly as long as you´ll ask nicely.

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

stolpen
castle
toilet
museum
2011
2012
saxony