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Old March 14th, 2012, 10:24 AM   #10541
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Old March 14th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #10542
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something different...

Gyro-Drop Tower SCREAM (Heide Park, Soltau)
With a height of 103 metres (338 ft) to the pinnacle it is the tallest "gyro drop" free-fall ride in the world.

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Old March 14th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #10543
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Colossos (Heide Park, Soltau)
It's the tallest (196.83 ft/59.99 m) and fastest (74.6 mph/120.1 km/h) wooden roller coaster in Europe.

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Old March 14th, 2012, 12:19 PM   #10544
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Hamburger Rathaus, the glorious interior:

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Great photo. I really like the vault structure and the gate decoration. Exterior is also amazing.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 01:20 PM   #10545
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Hamburg: Rathaus - Kaisersaal

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Anybody know who the painter is?

Virtual tour: http://www.hamburg.de/virtueller-run...r-rathaus.html

Very impressive, Tiaren.
This is the ceiling of the Imperial Hall.


http://www.ganbare-japan.de/index.ph...wartikelid=372


old postcard http://www.akpool.de/ansichtskarten/...rsaal-gemaelde

In this hall began the festivities to celebrate the inauguration of the Kiel Canal in 1895 in the presence of Emperor Wilhelm II. Therefore the fresco shows "The Triumph of the German Flag" on the oceans. It's the flag of the mercantile navy at this era, the era of shipowners like Albert Ballin.

The painter was Arthur Fitger (1840 - 1909).

It's sad to think about it, that behind almost every splendid facade was hidden an equally sumptuous interior.

The major part of these decorations was destroyed by the air raids.

All these churches, town halls, palaces of justice (Munich! - the masterpiece of Friedrich von Thiersch), the main post offices in major cities, opera houses, theatres, private mansions, castles, palaces and so on.

Even if the facades of these Gründerzeit buildings were preserved or (often only simplified) reconstructed, the interior decorations were lost.

So seeing a building like the Hamburg city hall also saddens me a little bit.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 04:25 PM   #10546
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The city hall is probably the best preserved building of that time and of that scale in Germany.
But How? How did it survive the fire boming so well? I really wonder... Wikipedia states, that only the chamber on top of the tower burned out.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #10547
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St. Jacobi in Hamburg:

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Hopefully the tower will be reconstructed one day and it will look like this again.

On the tower of St. Jacobi a lightning rod was installed in 1769, which was the first in Germany.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #10548
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The city hall is probably the best preserved building of that time and of that scale in Germany.
But How? How did it survive the fire boming so well? I really wonder... Wikipedia states, that only the chamber on top of the tower burned out.
I don't know another building of that era in Germany, which is so well preserved and I have no other explanation for that than good luck. a lot of it.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 12:42 AM   #10549
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Thank you. Fitger was obviously a highly cultured and very intelligent man. I think it's remarkable that he worked in such an authentic looking late Baroque/Rococo decorative style in the late 19th/early 20th century; common for architects to mimic period styles effectively but not so common for painters.

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Old March 15th, 2012, 09:43 PM   #10550
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Old March 16th, 2012, 01:41 PM   #10551
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Murnau (Bayern): St. Nikolaus

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Thank you. Fitger was obviously a highly cultured and very intelligent man. I think it's remarkable that he worked in such an authentic looking late Baroque/Rococo decorative style in the late 19th/early 20th century; common for architects to mimic period styles effectively but not so common for painters.
Not so common, that's true, but there were some.

For example another one, Waldemar Kolmsperger, a Munich painter (1852-1943).

Among others he painted the fresco on the nave ceiling in the late Baroque Roggenburg abbey church (1900-1901, the former by Martin Kuen, Kuen's masterpiece from 1758-60 had been destroyed 1845 because the ceiling tumbled down). If I had the time now, I would post about the formidable Roggenburg abbey and its marvellous church.

But I have only the time to write about this church, by far not so important as the Roggenburg church and not so big, but also with a fresco from Waldemar Kolmsperger: St. Nikolaus in Murnau, 1716-34 by the Munich court architect Enrico Zuccalli, fresco by Waldemar Kolmsperger, 1893-95.


On the left Murnau Castle, by Rufus46 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...nau-1.jpg#file


photography: Gunnar Staack http://kirchbau.de/php/400_kirchenda...te&name=keiner


http://www.projekte.kunstgeschichte.uni-muenchen.de/arch_complete_vers/40-ren-barock-architektur/studieneinheiten/lektion_4/IV_3_261pp.htm

Altars and pulpit are original 18th century Bavarian Rococo, perhaps by court sculptor Johann Baptist Straub.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 01:42 PM   #10552
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Murnau (Bayern): St. Nikolaus

A similar view like above in colours


http://www.alpenhof-murnau.com/de/bi.../hochzeit.html

The Kolmsperger fresco would need a restoration, but it is really quite good (the Roggenburg fresco is restored but as I said: I've no time now )

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Pulpit and high altar

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Old March 16th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #10553
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Old March 16th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #10554
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Kiefersfelden (Bayern): König-Otto-Kapelle

A neo Gothic chapel in Kiefersfelden at the Bavarian-Austrian frontier, the King Otto Chapel, 1832-36, architect: Joseph Daniel Ohlmüller


by Rufus46 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ot...lle-2.jpg#file


http://www.erzbistum-muenchen.de/Pfa...age002490.aspx

The chapel was ordered by King Ludwig I of Bavaria to commemorate the place, where his son Otto left Bavaria to travel to Triest, the contemporary Austrian harbour on the Mediterranean Sea, where a ship was waiting to bring him to Greece. Otto had become King Otto I. of Greece after the liberation of the country from Ottoman = Turkish rule.

Here the arrival of King Otto I in Nauplia, Greece (painting by Peter von Hess, 1835, Neue Pinakothek, München).


http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...704160224#file

King Otto was the reason, why so many German architects built during the 19th century in Athens, Schinkel and Leo von Klenze made fantastic designs for a royal palace on the Acropolis, which were never realized, because Greece was so bankrupt, apparently a permanent condition.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:12 PM   #10555
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Kiefersfelden (Bayern): König-Otto-Kapelle

A lithography of the chapel by Gustav Kraus (1837), on the left in the distance you can see the Austrian forteress Kufstein.


Alte Stiche Josef Steutzger http://www.steutzger.biz/images/240.jpg

The interior


by Thomas Alberer http://www.alberer.eu/hdr/Seite027.htm


Here a drawing by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, showing the throne hall for the royal palace on the Acropolis in Athens (1834).


http://www.schinkel-galerie.de/Home.htm

If realized it would have been one of the most fantastic neoclassial buildings of the world, but the realization was far beyond the financial possibilities of the poor country after a disastrous long war against the Ottoman Empire.
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OT: Schinkels Palastentwurf für die Akropolis

The ground plan of the royal palace (on the right of the Athena Temple)


http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypld...17&print=small

Front view of the complex with the famous ruin ot the temple, the throne hall would have been behind the distant portico on the left (behind the portico a courtyard, behind the courtyard with a round fountain the throne hall, you can see it on the ground plan above, the square room with four columns and a half round apse for the throne).


http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypld...=1&print=small

Drawings by Schinkel himself
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München (Bayern): Mariahilfkirche

The master piece of the architect Joseph Daniel Ohlmüller was the Mariahilf Church in Munich, 1831-39, destroyed by air raid during WWII (what else).

1951/52 the ruin of the nave was simplifyingly rebuilt by the architect Hans Döllgast with a new quite beautiful interior (but nevertheless I regret the loss of Ohlmüller's splendid neo Gothic architecture). Only the 93 m high tower still represents the design of Ohlmüller.


by Sebastian Fuchs http://www.staedte-fotos.de/name/ein...n~Munchen.html

The interior by Hans Döllgast


by Alexander Z. http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...129190708#file
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Old March 17th, 2012, 11:59 AM   #10558
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Old March 17th, 2012, 05:08 PM   #10559
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Krefeld (Nordrhein-Westfalen): ehemaliges Horten-Kaufhaus

A renowned architect in W-Germany from the late forties until the late sixties was Egon Eiermann.
His most famous work is the new Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche in Berlin, his most infamous the "Horten-Kachel", a ceramic tile developped to clad the facades of great department stores of the Horten company.

Here it is:


by Raphael Wengeler http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...714171127#file

The result was an aesthetic disaster. Everywhere in Gemany's cities you could (and still can) see dull monotone facades in this manner, facades of big dominant buildings in inner cities.

A section of such a facade (the former Horten Department Store in Hamburg).


by Wolfgang Meinhart http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...925184252#file

Such a facade could do without windows and allowed so maximal storage space and highly variable layouts.

The former Horten Department Store in Krefeld


RP-Archiv: TL Foto: RPO http://www.rp-online.de/niederrhein-...haus-1.1195859

Now the building stands empty. Perhaps it will become a museum and the facade will be changed.

I really hate these buildings.

Pidgeons could nest in crowds behind the tiles. Therefore these facades are often covered by close-meshed nettings, a disgusting view.
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Old March 17th, 2012, 05:11 PM   #10560
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Schloss Drachenburg, built between 1882-84

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