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Old April 14th, 2010, 08:40 PM   #101
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Old April 15th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #110
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During the European Heritage Days many houses in Görlitz open their doors and you can have a look inside. The houses in the old town often show late Gothic halls mixed with Renaissance balustrades, whereas the living rooms often offer baroque ceilings. Sadly I can't find most pics from previous years anymore, but anyway.

Look into a unrestored house with a main hall from 1480 and baroque stuccoed ceilings:






Görlitz also offers huge Wilhelminian style quarters since the town was a popular old-age residence for Prussian senior officials. Most interiors are preserved:







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Old April 16th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #111
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Thank you, Karasek, for your impressive collection!
I really hope Görlitz and the whole region will experience an economic and demographic improvement soon so that this heritage kan be kept and vibrant life is added to these architectural panorama.
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The eastern part of Upper Lusatia was awarded to Poland after WW2, the Germans were expelled and the region resettled with Poles. Because of the population exchange today the region isn't considered to be part of Upper Lusatia anymore.
Görlitz was divided too, the eastern part forms the Polish town of Zgorzelec now. There you can find the Dom Kultury, which was once called the Oberlausitzer Ruhmeshalle (Upper Lusatian Hall of fame), a huge building from the late 19th century. It was built to commemorate the unification of Germany and served as a museum. The exhibits are gone since 1945 and the statues destroyed, now the building is used for several purposes.






A new eagle was added after '45:








Removed coat of arms in the entrance hall. The Bohemian lion is still cognizable.




Main hall, the statue of two emperors is gone:




Cupola with the coat of arms of several German states and the flag of the German empire:








Empty pedestral. Once six German rulers of the 19th century stood there:







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Old April 18th, 2010, 02:26 PM   #113
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Manor of Albrecht von Roon, Prussias minister of war. The manor was pretty run down and also blemished after 40 years of Communism, but now it looks great again.
A statue of him in the Upper Lusatian hall of fame (shown before) was destroyed after '45.

Before restauration:




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Old April 19th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #114
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Time for a village again. This is Dittelsdorf, very rural and pretty unspoilt by modern times.






The smith of the village. The car is a Wartburg, built in Commie times:

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This very old type of Umgebinde houses was built between 1700 and 1800:




This small farmstead originates from the 17th century:




No, my lens does not distort that much:

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Old April 19th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #119
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These street signs were invented in the nearby Giant mountains, now in Poland. This is a very small version:




The man wears the traditional costume of an Upper Lusatian weaver, and the road is called weaver mountain:

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