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CDTF students explore medieval fire prevention, Pader water and the Holy Liborius

Once again, several CDTF students are enrolled in the course “Technical German for foreign students” this summer semester. Karina Rohlfing introduced students to this course by moving the communications training to downtown Paderborn. The past and present use of water of the Pader was one of the key aspects of the sightseeing tour. About 500 years ago, the Paderborn waterworks was established for a quick access to extinguishing water should one of the numerous half-timbered houses catch fire. Hydropower made it possible to pump the water of the Pader springs to a number of wells at higher locations such as the “Liboriuskump” at the Kamp. Sculptures of the Paderborn Wash Women remind of washing laundry in the Warm Pader. Even today, the Pader water is used by a grain mill to grind cereals. On the tour, CDTF students and their fellow students from Iran, Tunisia and Egypt learned about the Libori Fest which is celebrated every summer to honor the Holy Liborius, the patron saint of the City of Paderborn. Later on at the well in front of the three hare window, this international group of students encountered the peacock of the Liborius Well again: legend has it that more than 1,000 years ago, the peacock (photo rear left) accompanied the relics of the Holy Liborius on their way from Le Mans to Paderborn. Upon their arrival in Paderborn – so tale is told – the peacock was simply butchered and eaten.

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