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date: 19 August 2019


  • Quentin Hughes


Bavarian fortified town halfway between Munich and Nuremberg, on the left bank of the Danube at its confluence with the Schutter. It was originally fortified in the 16th century, and there is a fine contemporary model of those defences by Jakob Sandtner in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich, depicting a walled town stiffened in places by large semicircular-headed drum towers similar to those drawn by Albrecht Dürer in the first printed book on fortification (1527).

Ingolstadt was completely refortified in four phases during the 19th century. Between 1828 and 1832 a scheme, somewhat reminiscent of Dürer’s work, was begun to provide a curving front and detached oval towers. On the east bank of the river, the splendid Tilly Redoubt (1828) was built in the form of a large semicircle backing on to the river, and this was supported by detached oval towers. The redoubt was elaborately detailed by ...

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