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House of Knight St. George

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House of Knight St. George

In the Hauptstrasse, right opposite the tower of the Holy Ghost Church, is the House of Knight St. George. Commissioned in 1592 by the Huguenot cloth merchant Charles Bélier, it is a gabled house like those typical of Heidelberg before its destruction. The house takes its name from the bust of a knight in armor atop the gable.

Bélier and his wife are depicted on the right-hand side of the second upstairs story. Being one of the few town houses that survived almost unharmed, it was used as the Town Hall from 1693 to 1703. With the except of that decade, however, it has served as a hotel and inn ever since the end of the Thirty Year’s War.