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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:22 PM   #41
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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 the Utraquist George of Podiebrad became king of Bohemia the Upper Lusatian estates seceded from the so called "heretic king" and supported rival king Corvinus:




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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:23 PM   #42
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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #43
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Some buildings are still not renovated:






Done. In the next post we will visit a typical village in the southern part of Upper Lusatia.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:56 PM   #44
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Thread of very high quality, thanks! No one in the world is able to grasp all the cultural values of Europe... This town comes as one more surprise.
It is interesting, that your 16th century buildings are denominated as belonging to "Rennaisance" while almost identical 16th century buildings with very similar portals in Riga - "Mannerism". Mannerism is somewhar later than Rennaisance and reflects more on the increased showoff and less - Rennaisance philosophy. Sometimes there is used also "Northern Rennaisance" - may be Alps here serve as a divide between the south and north. Who knows what is correct and most likely - there is no universal truth.

Thank you so much!
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Old May 15th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #45
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Fantastic refill, Karasek! Can't tell how much I appreciate this and obviously I'm not the only one


Btw, do you have interior views of the Schönhof?
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Old May 15th, 2009, 01:28 PM   #46
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Really impressed with the place and photos, also with interesting stories and remarks - thanks a lot for sharing
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Old May 15th, 2009, 03:07 PM   #47
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Done. In the next post we will visit a typical village in the southern part of Upper Lusatia.

I'm really looking forward to it.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 03:13 PM   #48
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Awesome pics
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Old May 15th, 2009, 05:08 PM   #49
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It is interesting, that your 16th century buildings are denominated as belonging to "Rennaisance" while almost identical 16th century buildings with very similar portals in Riga - "Mannerism". Mannerism is somewhar later than Rennaisance and reflects more on the increased showoff and less - Rennaisance philosophy. Sometimes there is used also "Northern Rennaisance" - may be Alps here serve as a divide between the south and north. Who knows what is correct and most likely - there is no universal truth.
Thank you so much!
New architectural styles from France and Italy always appeared some decades later in Germany. In Upper Lusatia these styles were imported via Prague during that time. In Prague Mannerism came up during Rudolf II. reign, but at that time all large building projects in Görlitz were already completed.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 05:36 PM   #50
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So beautiful! The city and your pictures, Karasek! *is going to steal some*
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Old May 16th, 2009, 04:22 AM   #51
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Danke vielmals.
There are just too many nice cities I haven't yet been to. You made me aware of yet another one.
Don't be too worried about those few buildings that weren't renovated. Many places would be jealous even for the rundown buildings.
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Now something completely different, a village. The villages in the south of Upper Lusatia offer architectural gems called "Umgebinde" houses, which is hard to translate. They are a mix of Slavic block houses and Frankish (German) half-timbered houses and located along the Sudete mountains, the border between the German (Upper Lusatia, Silesia) and Slavic (Bohemia) settlement area, but AFAIK they were only built in German areas, and most of them are in Upper Lusatia. They form a very important part of the local identity.

The ground floor of these houses is always divided into two parts with a corridor in the middle. Most of the time only one part is made of logs, but sometimes both parts are log cabins. The wooden part of the ground floor is always surrounded by a pillar structure (thats where the German name comes from) which supports the half-timbered upper floor. You can actually completely remove the ground floor, and and the pillar structure + half-timbered upper floor don't break down. The motivation for such a construction isn't known. Most people say it was made to eliminate vibrations between boths floors, since looms were very often located on the ground floor. Weaving was the traditional industry of this region since the early 14th century, and later some of the villages grew to almost town like dimensions.
The oldest preserved house stems from 1667 (AFAIK), but most of the houses you see here are ony 150- 200 years old. The building principle is very flexible and almost every village has its own designs.
The region, like the town of Görlitz, wants to become a world heritage site.

The village I show you is called Großschönau. It's located directly on the border to the Czech republic. The villages on the other side look the same. They were settled by Sudeten Germans, which after their expulsion often just crossed the border and stayed on this side. Großschönau was a important weaving village with 500 weavers and 300 hand looms in 1750.

PS: these pics are older and not as good as the new ones from Görlitz, sorry.










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Local museum, house from 1810:





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Example of a small garden, typical in cramped villages:









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