Gnodstadt toll pyramid

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Toll pyramid in February 2013

The toll pyramid is a 10 meter high obelisk south of the village of Gnodstadt , a district of the town of Marktbreit ( Lower Franconia ) . It is on the federal highway 13 between Ochsenfurt and Oberickelsheim on a ridge that the street crosses there.


The pyramid was erected in 1773 by the Ansbach margrave Christian Friedrich Karl Alexander at the end of the construction of the road from Ansbach to Würzburg , in order to mark the end of the section of the road that was under his rule. Originally there was a customs house next to the obelisk .

An inscription carved in the stone provides information about the financing of the road:

Memorial to commemorate the construction of this state road, which was built by the most gracious Prince and Lord Christian Karl Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg, not from taxes of the subjects but from his own funds in the years 1766 to 1773.


Originally, the obelisk stood on a traffic island in the middle of the street, the lane was divided into a few meters. The obelisk was already visible from the Oberickelsheim exit, as the street ran straight towards it.

In the early morning of December 3, 2010, a truck crashed into the pyramid and severely damaged it.

In the interests of road safety, the pyramid was not reconstructed in its original location, but about 20 meters from the main road and inaugurated on November 14, 2012. The lane division with the traffic island has been removed. A small parking lot has been set up for visitors to the pyramid 150 meters south-east at the intersection with State Road 2271.

Individual evidence

  1. 40-ton truck crashes into historic toll pyramid MAIN-POST news for Franconia, Bavaria and the world (December 9, 2010)
  2. Bayerischer Rundfunk - Studio Franken: The toll pyramid has been rebuilt. November 14, 2012, archived from the original on December 26, 2012 ; Retrieved December 26, 2012 .

Coordinates: 49 ° 37 ′ 17 ″  N , 10 ° 6 ′ 57 ″  E

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