daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > World Forums > Architecture > European Classic Architecture and Landscapes

European Classic Architecture and Landscapes All related to historical buildings and landscapes of the old world.



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old March 20th, 2009, 08:21 PM   #1
ArchitectCS
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Akron, OH
Posts: 46
Likes (Received): 1

Well-preserved medieval cities

I see a lot of posts on this forum that talk about medieval cities in Europe. Can someone tell me which ones are the largest and best preserved? My understanding is that Bruges is high on the list, but what about cities in Germany? I know Nurenburg is a famous medieval center, but much of that is a reconstruction. I'd love to assemble some sort of a list with details as I can't seem to find something like this on the web. Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
ArchitectCS no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old March 20th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #2
william of waco
Registered User
 
william of waco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hill Country
Posts: 233
Likes (Received): 258

How big are we talking here?
Regensburg, in my opinion, is Germany's best preserved city. Population-wise it is still small compared to the larger cities, of which there really are none that escaped serious damage, with an average of about 70% and more destruction to their historic centers.

Outside of Germany you will find that Stockholm, Bratislava, Krakow, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Berne, all have wonderfully preserved old-towns, in spite of the fact that a few suffered some destruction.
The more experienced members of the forum can give you a better idea of what is out there, but these should get you started in the right direction.
You could also look up UNESCO's world heritage site, where sometimes entire cities make the list.

The following photgraph of Regensburg is from leidorf.blogspot.com


Last edited by william of waco; March 20th, 2009 at 09:13 PM.
william of waco no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 21st, 2009, 02:50 PM   #3
Clay Hefner
Registered User
 
Clay Hefner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: past tense
Posts: 380
Likes (Received): 310

Yup, Regnesburg has the biggest AND best preseved medieval old town in Germany. By far.

image hosted on flickr

source

Amberg is second I believe? Erfurt's is pretty big too, but I don't think it counts

other well preserved towns

NOERDLINGEN

image hosted on flickr

source

source

source



ROTHENBURG


source
image hosted on flickr

source

GELNHAUSEN

image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source

SESSLACH

image hosted on flickr

source

DONAUWOERTH

image hosted on flickr

source

ALSFELD

image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source

BERCHING

image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source

WEISSENBURG

image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source

AMBERG

image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source

FRITZLAR

image hosted on flickr

(flickr)
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

(flickr)


DINKELSBUEHL

image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source

source

Last edited by Clay Hefner; March 21st, 2009 at 09:53 PM.
Clay Hefner no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 21st, 2009, 09:43 PM   #4
william of waco
Registered User
 
william of waco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hill Country
Posts: 233
Likes (Received): 258

Clay Hefner,

Those are beautiful photos, which I have saved to my files.
Amberg in particular was amazing.

Doesn’t it seem that the buildings in the fourth Nordlingen photo are a tad glossy?
I have noticed this tendency in other photographs I have seen where medieval survivors appear to be encased in over-zealous layers of stucco and paint.
My ideal (and admittedly, naïve) image of these buildings are from photographs that date from a time before restoration. They’re faded and ramshackle facades exude a centuries-old aura. Those old houses in the Nordlingen photo, particularly the yellow one in the center, simply fail to “transport” my imagination back to another time. Did they paint it yellow in the sixteenth century?
Shells of their former self.

Last edited by william of waco; March 21st, 2009 at 10:13 PM.
william of waco no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 21st, 2009, 11:09 PM   #5
Clay Hefner
Registered User
 
Clay Hefner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: past tense
Posts: 380
Likes (Received): 310

Quote:
Originally Posted by william of waco View Post
Clay Hefner,

Those are beautiful photos, which I have saved to my files.
Amberg in particular was amazing.

Doesn’t it seem that the buildings in the fourth Nordlingen photo are a tad glossy?
I have noticed this tendency in other photographs I have seen where medieval survivors appear to be encased in over-zealous layers of stucco and paint.
My ideal (and admittedly, naïve) image of these buildings are from photographs that date from a time before restoration. They’re faded and ramshackle facades exude a centuries-old aura. Those old houses in the Nordlingen photo, particularly the yellow one in the center, simply fail to “transport” my imagination back to another time. Did they paint it yellow in the sixteenth century?
Shells of their former self.
Yeah I agree. Especially if you look at old Photos from Regensburg before Renovation, it's like a whole different town, although the buildings are the same. Not as "pleasant"- colorful- looking, rather like mountains of stones.

I hope when it's time for next restoration they bring back the old look.
And yeah, Nördlingen as well as Dinkelsbühl have too many of those bland-looking facades.

Last edited by Clay Hefner; March 22nd, 2009 at 02:39 AM.
Clay Hefner no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 22nd, 2009, 12:04 AM   #6
luci203
Registered User
 
luci203's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,129
Likes (Received): 1202

2 Well-preserved Medieval Cities from Romania

SIBIU (Hermannstadt)





BRASOV (Kronstadt)





__________________

AleksLazarevic liked this post
luci203 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 23rd, 2009, 04:31 PM   #7
OlekD
Registered User
 
OlekD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Warszawa
Posts: 1,565
Likes (Received): 76

Toruń, Poland

OlekD no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 23rd, 2009, 05:28 PM   #8
william of waco
Registered User
 
william of waco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hill Country
Posts: 233
Likes (Received): 258

Torun is one of my favorite Hanse cities.
But there is a question I have been wanting to ask for sometime. It concerns Copernicus' house in that city.
Is this what the house looked like during his time?
The photo below (wikimedia) made me feel that it looked a little too good to be true.
I'm not complaining though, because these buildings are very beautiful, in spite of their possibly overdone exteriors.
Are the facades a result of restoration?


william of waco no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 23rd, 2009, 05:55 PM   #9
OlekD
Registered User
 
OlekD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Warszawa
Posts: 1,565
Likes (Received): 76

Quote:
Originally Posted by william of waco View Post
Torun is one of my favorite Hanse cities.
But there is a question I have been wanting to ask for sometime. It concerns Copernicus' house in that city.
Is this what the house looked like during his time?
The photo below (wikimedia) made me feel that it looked a little too good to be true.
I'm not complaining though, because these buildings are very beautiful, in spite of their possibly overdone exteriors.
Are the facades a result of restoration?


First of all, this building is only the most probable birthplace of Copernicus.

According to Wikipedia it was modernised in XIX century, but the later reconstruction in 1960-63 gave it original view from XV century.
OlekD no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 26th, 2009, 12:23 PM   #10
DocentX
Registered User
 
DocentX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Warsaw
Posts: 6,812
Likes (Received): 2117

Quote:
Originally Posted by OlekD View Post
Toruń, Poland

some of my photos from Torun :















































__________________
'Dream as if you'll live forever - live as you'll die today'
DocentX no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 26th, 2009, 06:38 PM   #11
Clay Hefner
Registered User
 
Clay Hefner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: past tense
Posts: 380
Likes (Received): 310

great pics. I love this brick architecture. Reminds me of Stendal and Tangermünde. The Transsylvanian cities are very nice as well.
Heck, let's continue this thread...

TANGERMUENDE
not *really* well preserved, 'cause the wooden houses all fell prey to a fire in the 17th century

image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source

more of REGENSBURG
there's also an awesome thread around here somewhere but search function seems to be KAPUT for me

image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source
image hosted on flickr

source

Last edited by Clay Hefner; March 26th, 2009 at 07:10 PM.
Clay Hefner no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 27th, 2009, 02:18 AM   #12
ufonut
Atlantyda
 
ufonut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,011
Likes (Received): 1676

Grudziadz in the middle ages was the largest granary of Rzeczpospolita.















__________________
Global Trekker
ufonut está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old March 27th, 2009, 12:19 PM   #13
OlekD
Registered User
 
OlekD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Warszawa
Posts: 1,565
Likes (Received): 76

There was no Rzeczpospolita in the middle ages
OlekD no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 27th, 2009, 12:33 PM   #14
OlekD
Registered User
 
OlekD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Warszawa
Posts: 1,565
Likes (Received): 76

More of Grudziądz:


from plfoto.com
by Darek983


by anzel
OlekD no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 27th, 2009, 04:26 PM   #15
erbse
LIBERTINED
 
erbse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: McLenBurg
Posts: 43,333
Likes (Received): 58053

Great stuff everyone. But enough with the pictures on this page, please.


Europe has to offer an outstanding amount of medieval gems. Sad there's still so much gone through history.
Just think of all the devastating city fires back in the days..
__________________
GET FREE!
D W F


🔥 Tradition doesn't mean to look after the ash, but to keep the flame alive! 🔥
erbse no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 27th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #16
william of waco
Registered User
 
william of waco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hill Country
Posts: 233
Likes (Received): 258

Quote:
But enough with the pictures on this page, please.
I dont quite understand what you mean by this.
There aren't enough, in my opinion.
william of waco no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 28th, 2009, 03:19 AM   #17
erbse
LIBERTINED
 
erbse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: McLenBurg
Posts: 43,333
Likes (Received): 58053

It takes a lot of PC RAM and loading time, esp. if you have some other tabs opened, like most people these days do. The amount of pictures should be reduced in single posts, phototours can be splitted. And that's better for the posting activity of this forum anyway. Got the point?

I'm going to post some German old town impressions on the next page, btw.
__________________
GET FREE!
D W F


🔥 Tradition doesn't mean to look after the ash, but to keep the flame alive! 🔥
erbse no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 28th, 2009, 03:34 AM   #18
william of waco
Registered User
 
william of waco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hill Country
Posts: 233
Likes (Received): 258

Got it!
william of waco no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 28th, 2009, 08:57 PM   #19
Tiaren
Registered User
 
Tiaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,702
Likes (Received): 5551

Quote:
Originally Posted by erbse View Post
I'm going to post some German old town impressions on the next page, btw.
I am looking forward to that!
Tiaren no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 29th, 2009, 07:04 PM   #20
DocentX
Registered User
 
DocentX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Warsaw
Posts: 6,812
Likes (Received): 2117

Chelmno (Poland)













__________________
'Dream as if you'll live forever - live as you'll die today'
DocentX no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
classic europe, unesco

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 08:15 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu