Vellenberg, a castle four miles southwest of Innsbruck, Austria, today a significant ruin; in the 16th century it had a tower in which Anabaptists were imprisoned. Hans Mandel, who lay there in 1561, described it thus: "It is rather deep, I have heard six fathoms; but it has a small window at the top and the sun shines in a while, so that it is light." It was then full of vermin and especially bats. Jörg (Georg) Liebich lay in this dungeon for years (1538-1542). Ursula Hellrigl, who was arrested for her faith at the age of 18 and spent 5 years in three dungeons, was in the Vellenberg tower for 1½ years.
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