Coblentz on the Rhine Germany about 1892

KOBLENZ ON THE RHINE GERMANY — One of the most important of Rhenish cities is Koblenz, which lies at the meeting point of the Rhine and the Mosel. The waters of these streams do not at once assimilate. The Mosel preserves for a long time its emerald color quite distinctly, as though unwilling to mingle its French waters with the waves of Germany. The historic souvenirs of this town are extremely interesting. The Romans founded here, 1800 years ago, a city known as “Confluentia.” Hither, after the death of Charlemagne, came his grandsons to divide between them his gigantic empire. In recent times it was a favorite residence of the Empress Augusta of Germany, wife of old Kaiser William. A bridge of boats connects this city with the opposite bank, where on a lofty hill, 400 feet in height, rises the celebrated fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, appropriately called the “Gibraltar of the Rhine.” It is a stone Colossus effectively protecting this most important confluence of the two streams, and capable of instantly transforming the peaceful romance of the river into a tragedy of blood and iron. It is safe to say, therefore, that Koblenz will never pass out of the possession of the Germans; for the “Broad stone of Honor” which thus guards it is held to be impregnable, and day and night in massive majesty maintains its perpetual “Watch on the Rhine.” (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)


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