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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:40 AM   #21
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Another Renaissance building from 1560:




Behind the Untermarkt we find this beautiful portal from 1557. The crowned animal on top depicts the Bohemian lion, ... yeah, I didn't believe it either, lol:




The new part of the town hall from the back:



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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:41 AM   #22
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The tower of the Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity church) at the Obermarkt (upper market), a former monastery. PS: on the left side a nutcracker, which doesn't belong to Uper Lusatia but the Ore mountains:







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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:42 AM   #23
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View to the Dicker Turm (fat tower):




This rondel, part of the fortification, is called Kaisertrutz (something like emperor stronghold) because the Swedes withstood the emperor in the Thirty Years' War. In the background the Reichenbach tower:






The fat tower again:

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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:44 AM   #24
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The relief on the fat tower shows the coat of arms of Görlitz and the inscription "INVIA VIRTUTI NULLA EST VIA". The coat of arms show the imperial eagle and the Bohemian lion. They were awarded by emperor Sigismund in 1433 because Görlitz (and Upper Lusatia) withstood the Hussites. The relief from 1477 was made by Briccius Gauske, who later worked at the town hall in Breslau/Wroclaw:






The only Rübezahl museum in the world. Rübezahl is the mountain spirit of the near Giant Mountains in Silesia/Bohemia. The museum was the work of a expelled woman from Lauban/Luban:




We reach the Obermarkt. The house in the background was built after the war in place of two beautiful baroque buildings. A Russian airplane probably had some left over bombs and just dropped them somewhere. As you can see during the Stalin era Commie buildings were quite good:

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Obermarkt towards the town hall:




And towards Reichenbach tower. Whereas the Untermarkt is shaped by the Renaissance the Obermarkt is shaped by Baroque and later eras:






The Georgsbrunnen (George fountain) from 1590. This George is actually only a town servant. It is said that the lion with the stuck out tongue is the Bohemian lion, because the people didn't like the new Saxon rulers and preferred Bohemia:

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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:47 AM   #26
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The house of the baker guild, established in 1395:

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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:48 AM   #27
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The craftsmen quarter:




This house shows the coat of arms of Upper Lusatia and the double-headed eagle of the Holy Roman Empire. The coat of arms of Upper Lusatia are actually the coat of arms Bautzen, which was primus inter pares:




A few portals:



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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:50 AM   #28
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This portal from 1547 is one of the last works of Wenzel Roßkopf. On the right spandrel you can see his monogram:






We enter the Untermarkt again. The red house, called Schönhof (beautiful court), is the oldest bourgeois Renaissance building in Germany, made by Wenzel Roßkopf in 1526. The Commie block in the background is already in Poland:

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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:51 AM   #29
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Portal of the Schönhof. Today the Schönhof houses the Silesian museum. Germany has 23 of these state museums, which, as you see, also cover regions lost after the war:




This Mediterranean plaster is quite unusual for Görlitz. Most of the time the old plasters from the Renaissance or Baroque era were restored or reconstructed:




One of the youngest Renaissance portals from 1578:



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And this is one of the oldest Renaissance houses, from 1528. Again made by Wenzel Roßkopf, this building offers a main hall which is constructed like the Vladislav Hall at Prague castle, where Roßkopf learned his trade at Benedikt Rieths workshop:






Another building from Roßkopf, 1544:



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View to the Polish side, which was destroyed after WWII to get a clean border area. A part of this destroyed area will get reconstructed:




View from the Polish side:




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Old May 14th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #32
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Once again top quality pictures, Karasek!
Görlitz is so colourful...it's really amazing!

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View to the Polish side, which was destroyed after WWII to get a clean border area. A part of this destroyed area will get reconstructed
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Old May 14th, 2009, 03:54 PM   #33
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^ I've read about it somewhere, but is there some German article about it?
Visualizations, historical photos, anything? And who's gonna pay? Private investors?


Magnificent work again, btw! It's great to see you took the efforts to add really helpful descriptions. Weiter so!
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Stunning pictures! I didn't know anything about this part of Germany until now, so thanks for sharing.
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Awesome stuff here. Want to visit this part of Germany too!
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The last part of the series about the old town of Görlitz.








Polish side. The small red house was owned by Jacob Böhme, a mystic from the 16/17th century::



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Staircase of the town hall. Justitia without blindfold in the middle, pulpit on the left and coat of arms of Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus, who ruled over Upper Lusatia as king of Bohemia for a short time, on the right:




Coat of arms of Matthias Corvinus. When Utraquist George of Podiebrad became king of Bohemia the Upper Lusatian estates seceded from the so called "heretic king" and supported rival king Corvinus:




Schönhof:



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Untermarkt again. This house from 1536 is exemplary of the Renaissance in Görlitz. Originally all buildings of that era had such gables:

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The portal on the right (with the two people) is called "Flüsterbogen" (whisper arch), because everything you whisper on one side of the portal is hearable on the other:




Ratsapotheke (pharmacy) with sundials from 1550:






Clock of the town hall from 1584. With the lower clock the Gregorian calendar was established in Upper Lusatia:



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