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Old October 28th, 2009, 12:26 AM   #61
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La Cité de Carcassonne (Southern France).

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Old October 29th, 2009, 02:36 PM   #62
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Lovely thread.... even though so many pictures have been posted here so my computer almost crashed.

There are so many amazing medievel towns around europe. This is my little contribution to this thread. Visby in Sweden.





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Old November 1st, 2009, 04:20 PM   #63
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Old November 1st, 2009, 11:22 PM   #64
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 04:08 AM   #65
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some great pics, keep 'm coming!!

I'm eager to see some hidden gems!!
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:41 PM   #66
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Some pictures from the UK.

Lincoln UK

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York

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Canterbury

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 10:38 PM   #67
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I'm not sure if this forum is referring to European Medieval towns specifically, but old Cairo has one of the best examples of Medieval Islamic structures in the world:

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 10:42 PM   #68
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Cairo II

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Old November 4th, 2009, 12:36 PM   #69
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?????

Nice is a beautiful city, but it has nothing especially medieval, anyway not more than most French (& European) cities of this size.....
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Old November 4th, 2009, 12:43 PM   #70
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Great thread. And because there are already so much german towns in here, here are some others...

SAN GIMIGNANO, Italy

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COLMAR, France

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BRUNIQUEL, France

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Old November 4th, 2009, 12:55 PM   #71
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BRUNIQUEL, France
How do you know Bruniquel ????????????????? A so small village ....
Anyway, you could easly quote all the villages and towns of Midi-Pyrénées.


Here are some from a thread I'd started :
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=894162


Rocamadour, France (UNESCO World Heritage Monuments. Famous for its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has attracted pilgrims from every country)


























La Couvertoirade, France















Cordes sur Ciel (In 1993 Cordes was renamed Cordes-sur-Ciel "Cordes in the sky" to reflect the town's site on a hill above the clouds that cover the valley below. )

























pics & video from tourismemidipyrénées.

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Old November 4th, 2009, 08:38 PM   #72
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KRAKÓW- POLAND UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 1978

Kraków Stare Miasto (English: Old Town Kraków) is the central, historic district of Kraków, Poland (city's Administrative District No. 1).[1] It is the most prominent example of an Old Town in the country also, because for many centuries, Kraków was the royal capital of Poland, until Sigismund III Vasa relocated the court to Warsaw in 1596. Stare Miasto was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978.

The medieval Krakow was surrounded by a 1.9 mile (3 km) defensive wall complete with 46 towers and seven main entrances leading through them. The fortifications around the Old Town were erected over the course of two centuries.[2] The current architectural plan of Stare Miasto—the 13th-century merchants' town—was drawn up following the Tatar invasions of 1259 and 1287.[2] It features the centrally located Rynek Główny, or Main Square, the largest medieval town square of any European city.[3] There is a number of historic landmarks in its vicinity, such as St. Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki), Church of St. Wojciech (St. Adalbert's), Church of St. Barbara, as well as other national treasures. At the center of the plaza, surrounded by kamienice (row houses) and noble residences, stands the Renaissance cloth hall Sukiennice (currently housing gift shops, restaurants and merchant stalls) with the National Gallery of Art upstairs. It is flanked by the Town Hall Tower (Wieża ratuszowa).

The whole district is bisected by the Royal Road, the coronation route traversed by the Kings of Poland. The Route begins at St. Florian's Church outside the northern flank of the old city walls in the medieval suburb of Kleparz; passes the Barbican of Kraków (Barbakan) built in 1499, and enters Stare Miasto through the Florian Gate. It leads down Floriańska Street through the Main Square, and up Grodzka to Wawel, the former seat of Polish royalty overlooking the Vistula river.

In the 19th century most of the Old Town fortifications were demolished.[2] The moat encircling the walls was filled in and turned into a green belt known as Planty Park.

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Old November 4th, 2009, 08:41 PM   #73
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Old November 4th, 2009, 09:53 PM   #74
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As much as i love all pics that i saw in this thread, i don't think many of them are "Well-preserved Medieval Cities"

Kraków*for example, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but is not a medieval city. Some old churches can be from that period, but not the whole city, not even the historical center.

I'll give you and example of a town that probably is exactly the same as it was in the XXIII century

Óbidos, Portugal










With this i'm not trying to attack other people's examples, i just think some of them are not exactly medieval cities, but just cities with some medieval buildings...
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Well yeah. Rothenburg for example was 40% destroyed in the War, then rebuilt in "medieval style" and even in the preserved areas, I don't think even 50% of the houses are actually from the MA, not even mentioning the modifications that the buildings underwent.

But still, Rothenburg is considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.
One could argue that Rothenburg has actively preserved its medieval Stadtbild, both in the 19th century and also during the rebuilding phase, when the town was even "purified" from elements that were deemed too "modern" - like tearing down a Gründerzeit (19th cent.) facade that survived the bombing and replacing it with a more simple new structure that closely resembled the medieval houses.

And while I can easily accept that, the question remains of course where we draw the line.

I have posted a pic of Braunfels, which is mostly faking a medieval Stadtbild, but for some reason I wouldn't post pics of some of the towns along the Rhine, which often have a few key medieval structures left (wall/churches/castles) and look medieval to the tourist, but all those cute half timbered houses were built after the French systematically annihilated those settlements in the 17th century.

So yeah, it's problematic, but we're just having fun here, no?
A separate "medieval-looking towns" thread could be interesting. Also a "Renaissance towns" thread.
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Toledo, Spain UNESCO heritage site. An ancient Iberian city where jews, moors and christians had existed in unison.



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Old November 5th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #78
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So yeah, it's problematic, but we're just having fun here, no?
A separate "medieval-looking towns" thread could be interesting. Also a "Renaissance towns" thread.
Yeah of course. I was just pointing that, because if people put here pics of every european city that has some medieval buildings... we will have ALL european cities in this thread!!!

I was very curious when i saw the title, but a bit disapointed when i saw all the cities here...
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Old November 5th, 2009, 06:32 PM   #79
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I have been as far as to Toulon, coming from Genoa for the Southernmost France. The sceneries are all lookalike, nothing medieval. Nice/Monaco was the main part for that particular visit.
Nothing medieval between the Italian border and Toulon ???????

Hummmm :

Vieux Menton, Monaco-Ville, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Vieux Nice, St Paul de Vence, Haut-de-Cagnes, Grasse, Fréjus, Grimaud, Ramatuelle..... And almost all villages in the hinterland of Côte d'Azur.


@Seattle92 : Did you see the pics of Carcassonne I've posted here... I think it's a REAL "Well-Preserved Medieval City"
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A very nice promotional video about some "Well-preserved Medieval Cities" of the Midi-Pyrénées (a region of southern France)


Enjoy your Journey (the medieval sites, UNESCO sites etc, are mainly - and quickly - showed at the end of video )




PS: This video shows also the natural sites and the 21st century part of this Region.. Sorry about that !!!
....and NO: I don't work for their tourist office...

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