It is not missing from any old view of the city, but was nameless for a long time: the Speyer pagan towers. The construction of the Gothic-style tower dates back to the 12th century. This makes the pagan towers, which had no special function, one of the oldest buildings in the city alongside the cathedral. There are several legends surrounding its name. For example, it is said that a giant and his wife, who were both pagans, built the tower. According to another tale, the area in front of the tower was once heathland, i.e. land marshy from flooding. It is most likely that pagan artefacts were found in the building in the 17th century.