Petersberg Citadel, Erfurt, Germany

Whenever I see an old unused building like this one it makes me sad. There are so many possibilities, assuming it would not cost more to make repairs than to build a new building. This old fortress looking building is one of many structures in the Citadelle Petersberg in Erfurt, Germany. It is one of the largest fortresses in Europe. The fortress was built in the 1600s and has a long and interesting history. The building pictured was built from 1828 to 1831 on the site of a former Benedictine Monastery building that had burned. Over the years it had many uses, including providing housing for up to 750 soldiers. Most recently it was used for storage, but has been vacant since 2000. The city is deciding what to do with it.

As we drove through the eastern part of Germany and the edge of the Czech Republic I saw several forgotten buildings that need a lot of TLC to make them usable.

In every country there are abandoned buildings that may be beyond saving. For me it serves as a reminder of how important it is to use our resources wisely and strive to find new uses for buildings before they are forgotten and fall into a state of disrepair.

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