The pedestrian street in Ribe

Distance: 0.24 Km

Built as a dam over Ribe Å in 1250, and now a busy pedestrian street in Denmark's oldest city. Overdammen, Mellemdammen and Nederdammen - the pedestrian street that runs on a dam over Ribe Å, was built in 1250 by King Kristoffer the First. He would upstream the creek to provide hydropower to power turbines. The dam divides the river into three narrow, rushing streams, which just allow for three turbines, Ydermøllen, Midtmøllen and Kongens Mølle. The central turbine was changed in 1903 to produce electricity. In 1975, the electric turbine was demolished to allow for greater water flow. Today, only Ydermøllen has a water wheel.

At Nederdammen, Ribe Nørreport's foundation is marked with black cobblestones in the street pavement. It was built around 1280 and marked the city limits. Here you had to pay tax on the goods you brought into the city to sell. Nørreport was demolished in 1843 because it had become too low and narrow for a load of hay to run through.

Along the main street were the merchants' gabled houses and farms, as they are still seen on Nederdammen 28, Mellemdammen 18 and 16, and in Overdammen 10, 8 and 3. Nederdammen 34 and 31 have Denmark's oldest half-timbered house, built in 1487.

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