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Old March 26th, 2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Your city's old town

Post photos from the "old town" or oldest area of your European city or town.

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Old March 27th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #2
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The oldest part of Vienna is its Inner City (1st district). It is the area around the medieval Stephan's cathedral.


(Picture from http://www.foto-julius.at/wien10/W5961+.jpg)

The oldest still existing church in Vienna is not the cathedral however but the Ruprecht's church, also in the 1st district but slightly hidden, overlooked by most tourists. IMHO it would deserve some exterior renovation. Its age is not completely clear, legend says its from the 8th century, first documents confirm its existence in the 13th century where it had existed already for a long time. (It can be seen on the first picture above, do you find it?)


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The oldest non-religious building in Vienna is not located in the 1st but in the 4th district, it is a former mill building from the 15th century and today very hidden and few probably know about it.

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Old March 27th, 2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting Slartibartfast! Hope we can get more posts
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I assume that the green Vienna roofs are copper, what are the red ones made of?

The 'old town' here isn't entirely old, there are some (mostly bad) 20th century buildings dotted around too.

Most of the pre-1800 buildings are concentrated within the loop of the river, it was during the 19th C that the town really started to expand beyond that natural boundary.

The major eras of 'old' construction in the town are Tudor (16th c) and Georgian (18th/early 19th c)

The major exception to that though is one of the oldest buildings of all, the Abbey, which was constructed in the late 11th century

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I assume that the green Vienna roofs are copper, what are the red ones made of?
Yes, the city has its fair share of copper roofs and domes. Vienna doesn't have one big intact old town either and there is relatively little left from medieval times, there are numerous baroque structures though but the main streets of the 1st district were often radically changed by city planners in the late 19th century.

On the other side, you find a lot of old neighbourhoods also beyond the 1st district, especially in the inner districts surrounding the ring road (and its imperial turn of 19th century buildings) which is surrounding the Inner City.

For example the Spittelberg, located in the 7th district has a very nice collection of Biedermeier buildings, mixed with baroque and historicist buildings.


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PS: the centre of Shrewsbury looks neat
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Old March 28th, 2013, 07:10 PM   #6
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Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár,Klausenburg) ,Romania

The historical center ,The Union Square:


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That's a lovely big square there in Cluj!
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I think Bratislava has a cute old town. Its not vast nor pretends to be but it is charming:

Main Square


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The Hague, NL

1. Castle:
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365DH-Rolhuis by DH-Syndrome, on Flickr

2. Market Square:
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177DH-GroteMarkt by DH-Syndrome, on Flickr

3. Town Hall:
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201DH-stadhuis by DH-Syndrome, on Flickr

4. Graffiti:
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206DH-Graffiti by DH-Syndrome, on Flickr

5. Triangle Square:
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273DH-DrieHoekjes by DH-Syndrome, on Flickr

6. A narrow street:
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246DH-OudeMolstraat by DH-Syndrome, on Flickr

7. Gate:
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257DH-OudeMolstraat by DH-Syndrome, on Flickr

8. Street corner:
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267DH-OudeMolstraat by DH-Syndrome, on Flickr
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A bit of old Paris

Paris, 5th arrondissement, right-foreground, mediaeval-origin area below the Roman Amphitheatre (green space centre-left). Picture bisected by rue Monge (late 19th century) and beyond that the Latin Quarter stretching to the Pantheon (extreme right centre)

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Paris 4th, 5th 1st arrondissements. In foreground, boulevard Saint-Germain (late 19th Century). Left-centre Notre Dame de Paris on the ile de la Cite (12th-19th centuries). Right-centre Ile Saint-Louis (mostly mid-late 17th Century)

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Old April 3rd, 2013, 11:09 PM   #11
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Great pics everyone! lets keep em coming!
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The old town of Verona, northern Italy, is a UNESCO site due to its outsanding history. The city is, in fact, a postcard about european and italian history. Born as a roman city, it still offers the most outstanding roman ruins of Italy, apart from the ones in Rome. Then evolved into a medieval town, then an italian "comune", then a "signoria", before finally joining the Republic of Venice. Finally, it became a fortress city under austrian domain. In fact, due to its peculiar position on the river Adige and on the southern gate on the way to Brenner, the city has 7 different fortification walls (roman, medieval, venetian, austrian..)

Old town panorama:


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Verona At Dusk di P4dd1no, su Flickr


Roman bridge and old town

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Verona : Ponte Pietra , il Duomo e San Giorgio in Braida 1/3 di Pantchoa, su Flickr

Roman theatre and old town

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Verona, 10 marzo 2013 di Alissa M., su Flickr

Piazza Erbe (old roman "forum" and medieval market square)

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Verona, Piazza delle Erbe di fspugna, su Flickr

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The old days di Miss.Sunflower, su Flickr

Castelvecchio and its bridge

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A night walk in Verona: View of Adige River and Castelvecchio Bridge from Ponte della Vittoria - Explored on 26/12/2011, best # 305 di presbi, su Flickr

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Verona : Scaligero bridge ( 1354 ) Castevecchio 3/6 di Pantchoa, su Flickr

Arena di Verona (best preserved roman amphytheater in the world)

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Arena di VR di  marcocalia , su Flickr

Fortifications:

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Old city wall in Verona di ell brown, su Flickr
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Parco delle Mura di Verona di Perla Blu, su Flickr
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Those pictures of Paris are epic. But also love the old towns of smaller cities like Sibiu, Brasov or Cluj-Napoca ...

Just one thin. I never understood why anyone could classify the Centre Pompidou as anything else than an eyesore. It looks like a oil processing facility that was erroneously built in central Paris. Yes, contrast of old and modern can be fascinating and look great, but the Centre simply fails. Its not great, nor does it look that way nor does it add any positive ambiance to the area, modern, old or whatever. A 2nd class parking deck has a better appearance than that Centre.
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A couple of pictures from Dordrecht (a city in the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland) I took this afternoon.



It looks like the spring has finally arrived in this part of Europe.


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Oradea (Nagyvárad ,Großwardein) ,Romania

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Timișoara (Temeschburg,Temesvár) ,Romania


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Lyon looks great.
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