An emblematic element at the entrance to the Grand cru Kaefferkopf, the Fripons tower (1608) in Ammerschwihr controlled the lower gate of the medieval town. A fine example of 16th century military architecture, the massive cylindrical tower is armed with six gunports with embossed embrasures which made it possible to break the impact of projectiles hitting the fire hydrant. A steeply pitched six-sided roof crowns the whole. The tower was restored in 2019. It opens its doors occasionally to the public on a free access basis following a signposted circuit. Seriously damaged by the bombardments of December 1944, just like 85% of Ammerschwihr, the Fripons tower had lost its roof and was restored after the war.
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