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Old May 16th, 2009, 02:44 PM   #61
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During industrialization the village was expanded, the new district beside the old village is characterized by factories and villas of rich factory owners:








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Old May 16th, 2009, 02:45 PM   #62
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Old May 16th, 2009, 02:46 PM   #63
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Next: some pics of Bautzen
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Old May 16th, 2009, 03:24 PM   #64
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Amazing Gründerzeit buildings! I had no idea you'd find something like that in a tiny village of Upper Lusatia Thanks!


The level of renovation seems astonishing, if your photos are representative.

You should definitely show those in the German gallery as well!
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Oh and btw., I'm really looking forward to the Bautzen show.
Again one of the most underrated German cities. Symbolic for the capital of the Oberlausitz / Upper Lusatia region. There must be some terrific marketing problem.

Are you going to show Zittau as well?
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Old May 17th, 2009, 12:08 AM   #66
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Very nice thread.

Some of the pics from Gorlitz remind me very much of Sandomierz.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 09:23 AM   #67
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Great thread, the buildings in these beautiful pictures are amazing.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 11:52 AM   #68
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Oh and btw., I'm really looking forward to the Bautzen show.
Again one of the most underrated German cities. Symbolic for the capital of the Oberlausitz / Upper Lusatia region. There must be some terrific marketing problem.

Are you going to show Zittau as well?
I don't have to many Bautzen pics right now, I only did two lens tests there and will merge these two sets.
Zittau will of couse be shown too, but I have to take a few new pics first.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 01:51 PM   #69
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Impressive, I like the colors in your pictures. The amount of historic architecture is makes this city very nice.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 07:50 PM   #70
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Görlitz looks great, it's a pity it's so unknow. Thanks for sharing.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 02:26 PM   #71
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Next stop Bautzen. Bautzen is something like the capital of Upper Lusatia because of the age of the town and the role in the Lusatian league. It's the oldest Upper Lusatian town, more than 1000 years old, and gave the entire region its earlier name - Budissin land. Budissin is the old slavic name which was used until the 19th century, although the town was predominantly German since the Middle Ages.
Bautzen was the seat of the land vogt, the royal administrator of Upper Lusatia, between 1272 and 1806 and the administrative center of the Lusatian league. The city was destroyed in WWII, but that's hardly visible. Bautzen is also the political and cultural center of the Sorbs, the Slavic minority. All signs are bilingual.
Today people from Western Germany most often know Bautzen only because of Communist jail, and it's pretty hard to get rid of this image.

On the left the Ortenburg, seat of the land vogt, in the middle Alte Wasserkunst (old water art) and St. Michaelis and on the right St. Petri and the tower of the town hall:






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Burgwassertum and Mühlbastei. The Mühlbastei burned down in WW2 and was reconstructed. Johannes Karasek, Upper Lusatias most famous robber, was jailed in Burgwasserturm for three years. He was a deserter from Prague, mugged the rich... and kept it:




The Alte Wasserkunst from 1558 and in the background the Neue Wasserkunst (old and new water art) from 1606. Both pumped water from the Spree river up (47m) into the town. The helmet of the Alte Wasserkunst (in the foreground) was moved back to gain space for cannons:




House of the Upper Lusatian court judge, which were appointed by the land vogt. The land vogt was always a foreign nobleman from Bohemia or later Saxony, whereas the court judges were locals:


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Lauenturm, named after the Bohemian lion, because the street that crossed the gate led to Bohemia. The decayed back side you see is part of a huge baroque building:





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Burgwassertum and Mühlbastei. The Mühlbastei burned down in WW2 and was reconstructed. Johannes Karasek, Upper Lusatias most famous robber, was jailed in Burgwasserturm for three years. He was a deserter from Prague, mugged the rich... and kept it:




The Alte Wasserkunst from 1558 and in the background the Neue Wasserkunst (old and new water art) from 1606. Both pumped water from the Spree river up (47m) into the town. The helmet of the Alte Wasserkunst (in the foreground) was moved back to gain space for cannons:




House of the Upper Lusatian court judges, which were appointed by the land vogt. The land vogt was always a foreign nobleman from Bohemia or later Saxony, whereas the court judges were locals:

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In the background Matthiasturm, main entry of the Ortenburg and named after Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus:




Relief of Matthias Corvinus from 1486, created by Briccius Gauske, who we already know from Görlitz. Above the king we see the coat of arms of Bohemia and Hungary, to the left and right Croatia, Dalmatia, Austria, Silesia, Styria, Moravia and Lusatia, to his feets a lion (maybe a Bohemian lion, because he was never able to conquer the Bohemian heartland?):





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The most romantic part of Bautzen, the old cemetery with the ruin of St. Nikolai, destroyed in the Thirty Years War:






In the foregound Sorbian graves:





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Reichenturm, Bautzen own leaning tower, with a relief of emperor Rudolf II from 1593 and two coat of arms of the Saxon electors and the town:

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Cathedral foundation to the right:




Inside St. Petri cathedral. The nave has a bend. The balustrade in the middle is very important:




This balustrade seperates Catholics and Protestants. The church is in dual use since 1543. When Upper Lusatia passed to Saxony in 1635 it was stipulated that Saxony had to protect the status quo of 1618 (before the Thirty Years War), a agreement which led to a exceptional position of Upper Lusatia. While the new ruler Saxony was the Protestant heartland and suppressed the Catholics outisde of Upper Lusatia, in Bohemia and Silesia the following counter-reformation suppressed the Protestants:






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