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Old August 12th, 2009, 02:29 PM   #1
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Quedlinburg, Germany - a World Heritage Site (+Wernigerode)

Quedlinburg is a small town in Saxony-Anhalt, a state in the former GDR. The town lies close to the Harz mountains, a region of deep woods, legends and old towns full of half timbered houses.
Quedlinburg was probably founded in the 8th century. In the 10th century it became a Imperial palace (Kaiserpfalz) and therefore a important place in the Holy Roman Empire.
Luckily Quedlinburg wasn't destroyed in WW2, and in 1994 the town, as "an exceptional example of a medieval European town", became a world heritage site. Although the town looks beautiful today Quedlinburg lost more than 20% of its residents since 1989 because of the weak economy in the region (as almost every town in the former GDR). A renovated, timber framed house in the old town costs approx. 150.000€, which isn't much here in Germany, but you can get small ones already for 45.000€.


The first of more than 1200 timber framed houses. Above St. Servatius, a Romanesque church, on the castle hill:







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The so called "Finkenherd", allegedly the place where Saxon duke Henry the Fowler was offered the crown of Eastern Francia in 919. The houses are of course much younger:








St. Servatius from the 12th century:




Inside the castle:



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Inside St. Servatius. The inside was changed by the Nazis and especially Heinrich Himmler, who believed to be something like a successor of Henry the Fowler, the first German king:




The crypt, burial place of Henry the Fowler, his wife and several abbesses:






The cathedral's treasury, one of the most valuable of the Middle Ages. Some of the pieces, from the 10th to 12th century, were stolen by American soldiers during WW2 and returned in 1993 to Quedlinburg:







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Old August 12th, 2009, 02:33 PM   #5
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Simple half-timbered house from 1346, one of the oldest in Germany:










Late 19th century, what we call Gründerzeit era:



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The market:






Town hall:






Roland, symbol of the independence of the town. The abbesses of Quedlinburg however didn't accept the growing independence of the town, and after the intervention of the Saxon dukes the Roland was removed until the 19th century:



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Market again:










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Now Neustadt (new town), a younger quarter of Quedlinburg (only founded in the 12th century):








St. Nikolai in Neustadt, from the 13th century:



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Back in the old town (Altstadt):







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Inside St. Benedikti, the market church:









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Market again:










Done.
Wernigerode will be added later.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 03:36 PM   #12
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Quedlinburg is truly a jewel!

It seems so cozy and charming! A nice place to visit in Germany!

Btw, the pics are great! Thanks for sharing!
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Wow! So much beauty in one place! I am amazed...even though I come from an ancient city myself. But Quedlinburg seems to be even more charming. Like a city out of a fairytale... And your pictures made this come to life. You are so talented!
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Old August 12th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #14
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great pics of a great town!
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Old August 12th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #15
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QLB looks amazing! Once again very very professional photos, Karasek!
Thanks!
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Quedlinburg is so beautiful
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Never been but looks stunning.
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Amazingly spectacular town!

What sort of ages are those timber-framed houses?
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Amazingly spectacular town!

What sort of ages are those timber-framed houses?
Most of them are 250 to 500 years old.
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Another great thread by you! Tahnks so much!
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