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Halberstadt giant wine barrel

See below Gröninger barrel,

The construction of this giant wine barrel was commissioned by Duke Heinrich Julius of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1564-1613), the Protestant bishop of Halberstadt (Saxony-Anhalt). This functioned as a patron of the arts, had built magnificent buildings and tried to raise the prosperity of his country by opening new mines and draining marshland. He is alleged to have introduced the potato in Germany in 1597. The reason for the construction was the lost bet of a bishop from the Rhineland. The barrel was from the cooper Michael Werner from Landau completed in 1594. This one also had the first Heidelberg barrel (where an even bigger barrel stands today). Such giant wine barrels are the result of...

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