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Trier - Along the Moselle to the Alte Moselkrahnen

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Trier - Along the Moselle to the Alte Moselkrahnen

Once again in Trier, the sun lured us for a walk along the Mosel, where we came across the ancient Moselkran, which is written in the old way spelling with “h” and is locally called Alte Krahnen.

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The white building, visible from afar, is a medieval harbor crane on the bank of the Moselle, now called Krahnenufer, which dates back to 1413 and underscores Trier's importance as a trading center.

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In terms of construction, the crane is a tower crane with two huge wooden wheels, whose diameter is 4.16 m and whose drive was operated by two so-called "winch men".

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Initially equipped with a boom arm, a second boom was added in 1778 as a balance element.

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The rotatable conical roof has a vertical wooden axis ("Kaiserbaum", 12 m) on iron cones and chain drum with chain and simple pulley.

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Its load capacity is estimated at one to two tons. Although the crane is more than a hundred years older, it resembles the parallels to the eponymous "Old Krahnen" of Andernach, a late-Gothic style Rhine crane also made of stone.

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The oak "gear" of the Kranhaus was dendrochronologically dated to 1778 and 1863.

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The Old Krahnen is both a cultural-historical, industrial and economic landmark of the city of Trier.

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With the Danziger crane from the 14th century (first cantor of 1367), the "Old Krahnen" Trier belongs to the oldest lifting facilities of this kind in the former German-speaking area, of which just on the Rhine and its tributaries have been built more than 30 samples in the 16th century.

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