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Old March 28th, 2016, 03:48 PM   #1741
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Very interesting and detailed documentation in three parts of the reconstruction of the baroque facade (completely in German but with a lot of beauty for the eyes. ):



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Old March 28th, 2016, 07:59 PM   #1742
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Hopefully, the Cathedral will be restored, as well...
I hope so too, but I don't see it likely. I really wish the Denkmalkirche would be rebuilt, it's such a shame that it survived the war pretty much intact and was demolished by the piece of shit communist regime.
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Old March 28th, 2016, 09:17 PM   #1743
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Hopefully, the Cathedral will be restored, as well...
I agree. It was a glorious cathedral. Much nicer in the past.
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Old March 29th, 2016, 06:28 PM   #1744
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Oh wow, I love the videos.
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Old April 2nd, 2016, 02:49 AM   #1745
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Old April 2nd, 2016, 03:26 AM   #1746
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Ludi You're the best! Thanks for the updates. Can't wait to come to Germany and see this place for real!
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Nobody takes a close-up like Ludi. It's always great to see such detail.

BTW, does anybody know what the trees are in the first photo? The brown burs hanging from the treetops (at left) look like sweet gum, but I don't think sweet gum grows outside of the southeastern United States.
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Ludi You're the best! Thanks for the updates. Can't wait to come to Germany and see this place for real!
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Nobody takes a close-up like Ludi. It's always great to see such detail.

BTW, does anybody know what the trees are in the first photo? The brown burs hanging from the treetops (at left) look like sweet gum, but I don't think sweet gum grows outside of the southeastern United States.
Hmph...no one ever praises me though I often bring news and information and answer your questions... :/
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The trees in Breite Straße are actually plane trees (Platanen). Their fruit looks indeed very similar to the American sweet gum.
Sweet gum is by the way no stranger to maritime climate zones of Western Europe (UK, Germany, France, BeNeLux...) where it is planted as an ornamental plant since the 17th century.
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Old April 4th, 2016, 01:52 PM   #1749
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Praise the mighty lord Tiaren for delivering news and answering questions regularily!

And great job on the photos everyone, keep them coming. Also tourist shots are welcome.
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Plane Trees

I used to work in a plant nursery. European "plane trees" are actually the equivalent of our American sycamore trees although they also resemble sweet gum as well. The plane tree is favored in many urban situations because it can be pruned and trained to provide an excellent tree lined boulevard which is often the aim of city planners.
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Tiaren, there isn't a day that passes when I'm not grateful for your informative and helpful posts. They're always read, and are much treasured.

Thank you - and you, too, Joe Whalen 7 - for the info about Platanen and sweet gum in northern Europe. As for sweet gum, I can only wonder why anyone would voluntarily plant such a troublesome tree. In summer their large branches break and crash to the ground in moderate storms. In autumn they drop their leaves, in winter their burs, and in spring their flowers, which ooze black oily fluid when it rains.
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I agree. It was a glorious cathedral. Much nicer in the past.
Oh come on guys, it is not that bad, considering what it has been through. I do agree that it would be nice to see the Denkmalskirche rebuilt, but where would the funds come from? It is not that important, not like the Schloss. Damn communists......
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what is the construction to the left? Is a a recreation of something lost?
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Old April 10th, 2016, 07:59 PM   #1756
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Alas, it's not a recreation, but a reconstruction of Shinkel Platz. From a distance the massing looks somewhat similar, but in reality the new structures are very different from the beautiful buildings that occupied the site until WWII. Given other reconstructions in Berlin, e.g., Leipziger Platz, this reconstruction could have been worse.
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Old April 10th, 2016, 09:13 PM   #1757
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The Schinkelplatz (Schinkel Square) itself was reconstructed in every small detail a few years ago:



This is Carl Friedrich Schinkel's (Berlin's greatest architect of neoclassicism) monument on the square:

Der Schinkelplatz in Berlin Mitte by Johannes, on Flickr

One of his works, the Bauakademie (Academy of Building/Construction) in the back, will be reconstructed as well, but the other buildings surrounding the square will unfortunately all be modern.

In the end it will look like this:



The first finished building does fortunately not look too bad on closer inspection:

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The first finished building does fortunately not look too bad on closer inspection:
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It looks like modern interpretation of Medici Palace to me.

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Uhm, yeah. Sure it does?!

I'm excited to see how this utterly stupid sprinkled plastering facade will be attacked by algae, moss, dirt and shite soon. All those cracks, holes and shallows are so inviting! It'll most probably age very, very badly. But the good thing is, it won't be that hard to give it a new facade.
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