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Old July 12th, 2013, 05:26 PM   #41
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Indeed, I believe the Middle Ages ended when the Renaissance began in the 1420's.

(Foundling Hospital of Florence was built in 1422 and is said to be the first example of renaissance architecture)
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Old July 12th, 2013, 05:49 PM   #42
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Here are couple of images of Stockholm's Old Town from street level:

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Narrow streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden by inger h, on Flickr

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Gamla Stan Stockholm (Oldtown) by !eberhard, on Flickr

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Under Kastanjen (Under the Chestnut tree) by Helena Normark, on Flickr

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Altstadtgasse Gamla Stan, Stockholm by dirklie65, on Flickr

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Gamla Stan (Old Town) - Stockholm by gstening, on Flickr
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Old July 12th, 2013, 05:53 PM   #43
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The 1500s and 1600s are after what is consider the middle ages.
What I meant was that the even counting the blocks closest to the water, which were not built during the middle ages, 70% of the buildings in the Old Town are medieval. My sentence presupposed a general knowledge that the 1500's and 1600's are not considered part of the Middle Ages.
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Old July 12th, 2013, 05:58 PM   #44
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Indeed, I believe the Middle Ages ended when the Renaissance began in the 1420's.

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Actually, the dating of the Middle Ages varies from region to region. In Italy, the Middle Ages ended in the first half of the 15th century as you say, but in Sweden we usually say that the Middle Ages ended with Gustav Vasa becoming king in 1523. In England the end date is often put at 1485, and Europe-wide historians often say the year 1500.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 05:11 PM   #46
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That's completely wrong. Over 70% of the buildings in Stockholm's Old Town are medieval. And that's including the blocks closest to the water which weren't built at all until the 1500' and 1600's. Many of the buildings you call renaissance and barogue are medieval with later facades and sometimes upper floors added during the Age of Power in the 1600's and early 1700's.
Well yeah, the framing and cellars are medieval but it's not what you see when you walk the streets.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 07:24 PM   #47
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Well yeah, the framing and cellars are medieval but it's not what you see when you walk the streets.
Except only a pretty small nummer of bildnings, mostly along the main streets (Väster- and Österlĺnggatan) and squares actually have heavily modified facades. The rest are just covered in plaster (often with a floor or two added in the 1600's), which is natural. Walk along any other street in the Old Town and I can point out a hundred obviously medieval architectural features.

As this thread shows, completely preserved medieval facades are exceedingly rare pretty much everywhere. Any building that's in use for 600-800 years will have gone through extensive changes. Stockholm's Old Town is an unusually well preserved example of a Northern European medieval town. But as in all towns with a history, every era has left its mark.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 11:59 PM   #48
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Bilbao (Basque Country) - Zazpi Kaleak

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Casco Viejo Bilbao BIZ por EuskadiTurismo, en Flickr

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San Anton por Tudel2008, en Flickr

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Bilbao/Bilbo, Siete Calles, houses por Ieto, en Flickr

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Another not so big but quite nice town, Zamość, Poland.









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In Salisbury, the oldest part of town is the area around the cathedral, in the walled part of the city.

One of the gates to the old part (this particular one was added in the Victorian period





The city's museum is located here



As well as some historical homes (and expensive ones!)



And of course there is not forgetting out world famous cathedral! (something I proudly walk past every day )


North Walk

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De Vaux Place (old gate lodge)

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Some of the walls surrounding this part of town

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this thread makes me cry... isn't europe beautiful?
No more wars.
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and no more stupid nationalism...
after all, we're all europeans
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Old July 24th, 2013, 12:19 PM   #56
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Actually, the dating of the Middle Ages varies from region to region. In Italy, the Middle Ages ended in the first half of the 15th century as you say, but in Sweden we usually say that the Middle Ages ended with Gustav Vasa becoming king in 1523. In England the end date is often put at 1485, and Europe-wide historians often say the year 1500.
The Middle Ages started in 476 with the fall of the western Roman empire and ended in 1453 with the fall of Constantinopel.
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Lublin, Poland. The oldest part is the Old Town hill, and the Castle Hill lying next to each other.

View on the Old Town hill from the donjon in the Castle
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The Donjon:
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Some photos from the Old Town.
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SANY0375 by ajuc00, on Flickr

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London doesn't have a dedicated Old Town, despite there being 40,000 protected buildings. However the area where the most old buildings remain
and form the majority on the streets are in the west part of the West End:


www.willfox.com

http://wilderwalk.com

Westminster

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St James'


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Hanover Square area


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Piccadilly


www.jasonhawkes.com

Mayfair


http://kkpa.com

Embankment

www.inspirationsalongtheway.com



Belgravia



www.webbaviation.co.uk


www.kevinallen.photodeck.com


www.kevinallen.photodeck.com



Marylebone



www.kevinallen.photodeck.com


Fitzrovia


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Chelsea


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Kensington


www.kevinallen.photodeck.com



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Knightsbridge


www.kevinallen.photodeck.com
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Covent Garden, street level



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http://s0.geograph.org.uk, http://plungelondon.com



http://cdn.fluidlondon.co.uk, http://cdn.londonandpartners.com



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www.equity-point.com, www.photograph-london.com





www.wikimedia.org



www.streetsensation.co.uk


www.londondesignguide.com, www.wikimedia.org

www.travelsignposts.com, http://asymptotia.com





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