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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Here we will present one european city each week in an unseen cityscape that shows a new perspective of the city. This project starts on august 13 and will run parallely here and on the blog
The project is based on the panoramastreetline project and the images chosen have been unpublished before. In the blog we will use a framework version of the images, while here in the forums we will present them either finnished or as work in progress versions. With the project we aim at (1) presenting a broader variety of cities than we have done for panoramastreetline so far, (2) to use more material from our raw archive and (3) hope to reach an interested audience that can give us feedback, suggestions or participates.

Participate? Currently our archive already includes more than 150 european cities. The cities to be featured are not yet set, though. So you can have an influence...

First, there is the chance to vote on cities from our archive to be featured. About every 4 months the most voted city will be published. The first voting phase ends on october 13th and the city will be published in week 14. To vote for a city, go to our archive section, pick a city from the very long list and enter the form (sure, you don’t have to pick the commercial interest option in the form).

Second, we add about 20-40 cities to the archive each year. So in the same form I mentioned above you can also suggest cities for us to visit. Here we can’t promise anything, but chances are higher we visit the cities than if we never heard of them before.

Third, if you take photographs with wide angle lenses yourself and would like us to publish a cityscape from a city in your region, we might find the time to create a streetline from your photos and publish them here. Again nothing can be promised and we would have to agree on certain usage rights, but please contact us if you are interested in this form of participation.

Here in the forum we would like to fill the next 30 replies with the 101 cityscapes over the next two years, so later it is easy to flick through them... After these 30 (now empty) replies are set, we are looking forward to receiving feedback, replies, suggestions etc. Also we will post each new cityscape as a new reply as well.

So here we go.... Looking forward to how this develops :)

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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
WEEK 1 to WEEK 3

WEEK 1 | Plzeň | Czech Republic | Great Synagogue

Plzeň [german: Pilsen], founded ca. 1295 as New Plzen while the nearby Starý Plzenec (Old Plzen) was first mentioned in 976, situated 90 km west of Prague, 4th largest city of the Czech Republic

Population: 169.000 (2015) | 173.000 (1991) | 115.000 (1930) | 68.000 (1900)

Plzen is known worldwide for the Pilsner Beer created here in the 19th century. Plzen is also home to the Skoda Works, one of the worlds largest industrial companies of the 20th century, not to be confused with the Skoda Automobile brand.

In 2015 Plzen is a European Capital of Culture (along with Mons, Belgium).

This streetline cityscape panorama shows the Great Synagogue (czech: Velká Synagoga) of Plzen on the street Sady Pětatřicátníků. For framework version of the image and more info: Plzen, Czech Republic

Archive: Streetlines from the Czech Republic

WEEK 2 | Rostock | Germany | Kröpeliner Strasse

Rostock, earliest settlings by slavic tribes, first mention as Rozstoc in 1165, lies on the Baltic Sea, about 150 km east of Hamburg, largest city of the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 39th largest city in Germany

Population: 203.000 (2013) | 253.000 (1989) | 84.000 (1930) | 55.000 (1900)

Rostock has been an important city of the Hanse (also called Hanseatic League), had always been an important harbour city and its university is the oldest around the Baltic Sea and in Northern Europe (founded 1419).

The Kröpeliner Strasse is the main shopping street of Rostock and is dominated by historic gabled houses. There is one building in brick gothic style left in the street, the Ratschow-Haus in the middle of the right block, today housing the city library.
To find out more about the street and see the framework version of the panorama visit Rostock @ 101 weeks 101 cities.

Archive: Streetlines from the german state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

WEEK 3 | Moscow | Russia | GUM on Red Square

Moscow [russian: Москва|Moskwa, german: Moskau], first mentioned in 1147, lies in the european part of Russia on the shores of the river Moskwa, it is the largest city in Russia and Europe (except Istanbul, which however lies partly in Asia), the 10th largest city in the world (2015) by population and the northernmost megacity in the world

Population: 12.198.000 (2015) | 8.967.000 (1989) | 3.641.000 (1936) | 1.175.000 (1900)

Moscow is the political and cultural centre of Russia. It is known worldwide for its political role, but also for its rich architecture, the Kremlin complex, the Moscow Metro and its arts for example. Three UNESCO world heritage sites are located within city limits, as well as europes highest skyscrapers. It hosted the Summer Olympics of 1980 which was boycotted by 65 countries for political reasons.

This linear panorama shows the northeast side of the Red Square in Moscow, dominated by the department store complex GUM with the Kazan Cathedral on the left. Originally built as the „Upper Trading Rows“ between 1890 and 1893, the GUM building extends for 250 metres along the square and was designed by Alexander Pomerantsev and Vladimir Shukhov.
To find out more about the street and see the framework version of the panorama visit Moscow @ 101 Weeks 101 Cities.

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
WEEK 4 to WEEK 6

WEEK 4 | Lübeck | Germany | An der Untertrave

Lübeck [latin: Lubeca], first settled as Liubice by Slavs in the 8th century, first mentioned in 1076, lies on the Baltic Sea 65 km east of Hamburg, 2nd largest city in the state Schleswig-Holstein, 35th largest city in Germany

Population: 213.000 (2015) | 213.000 (1989) | 130.000 (1936) | 82.000 (1900)

Lübeck has been the „Queen of the Hanse“ (leading city of the Hanseatic League) from the late 13th to the 15th century and during that time was also one of the biggest and most important german cities. The remaining parts of the medival old town, including the famous Holstentor, have been declared an UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. Also Lübeck is known for the literature of the brothers Thomas and Heinrich Mann, as well as the Buddenbrookhaus made famous in the novel „Buddenbrooks„.

Here we see a street front along the Trave river, which borders the old town of Lübeck. Also being famous for the production of the Lübecker Marzipan, in this view the large Marzipan Storehouses, today an entertainment centre around marzipan, can be seen. In the back on the right there is also the Marienkirche, germany's third largest church.

To find out more about the street and see the framework version of the panorama visit Lübeck @ 101 weeks 101 cities.

Archive: Streetlines from the german state Schleswig-Holstein.

WEEK 5 | Amsterdam | Netherlands | Oudezijds Voorburgwal

Amsterdam [Yiddish: Mokum], first mentioned as Aemstelredamme in 1275, situated centrally in the Netherlands on the mouth of the Amstel and the Ij into the Ijsselmeer, largest city of the Netherlands, 41st largest city in Europe.

Population: 826.000 (2015) | 695.000 (1990) | 757.000 (1930) | 524.000 (1900)

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, but not the seat of its parliament (Den Haag). It is known worldwide for its canal system, the so-called Grachtengordel, and its architecture (also an UNESCO world heritage site). In the 17th century, the Dutch Golden Age, it was probably the wealthiest city in the world. The offices of the East India Trading Company became the first stock exchange in the world in 1602. It was also for centuries a safe haven for europe’s jews and they called it the „Jerusalem of the West“. Anne Frank lived in Amsterdam.

This is a night view of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam's Red Light District and the De Wallen area of the dutch capital. To find out more about the street and see the framework version of the panorama visit Amsterdam @ 101 weeks 101 cities.

Archive: Other streetline panoramas from Amsterdam.

WEEK 6 | Wels | Austria | Stadtplatz

Wels, city foundation as the roman Ovilava in the 2nd century, situated centrally in Upper Austria on the shores of the river Traun, ca. 200 km west of Vienna and 100 km east of Salzburg, 2nd largest city of the Bundesland Oberösterreich (Upper Austria) and 8th largest city in Austria.

Population: 60.000 (2015) | 52.600 (1991) | 26.000 (1934) | 17.000 (1900)

Wels is a Statuarstadt and seat of the county of Wels-Land in Upper Austria. As Ovilava it was an important city in roman times and became capital of the roman province of Noricum Ripensis. An important regional trade centre in the Middle Ages it was often visited by Emperor Maximilian I, who died at Wels Castle in 1519.

The Stadtplatz is the central square in Wels and this is its north side from the Ledererturm in the West to the Stadtpfarrkirche in the East. To find out more about the street and see the framework version of the panorama visit Wels @ 101 weeks 101 cities.

Visit our archive for more streetline panoramas from Austria.

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Discussion Starter #5 (Edited)
WEEK 7 to WEEK 9

WEEK 7 | Helsingør | Denmark | Stengade

Helsingør [old english: Elsinore] founded in the 1420s, lies in the north east of the danish main island Zealand on the narrowest point of the Øresund, 40 km north of Copenhagen, west of the swedish city Helsingborg across the Øresund, 13th largest city of Denmark

Population: 46.500 (2015)

Helsingør has for centuries been the harbour where passing ships had to pay the Sound Dues, for a long time the major income for the danish crown. Today there is an important and much frequented ferry line to Helsingborg in Sweden. However the city is even more famous for Kronborg castle, an UNESCO world heritage site and the place where Shakespeare’s play Hamlet was set. The old harbour has been turned into the Kulturhavn Kronborg (Culture Harbour Kronborg).

This is Stengade, the major shopping street of Helsingør. Here at the east end of the street administrative offices of the city are also located. To find out more about the street and see the framework version of the panorama visit Helsingør @ 101 weeks 101 cities.

Visit our archive for other streetline panoramas from Denmark.

WEEK 8 | Cologne | Germany | Schildergasse

Cologne [German: Köln, Latin: Colonia], founded over 2.000 years ago, lies in western Germany on the shores of the Rhine, ca. 160 km east of Brussels and 50 km south of the Ruhr region, largest city in the german state Northrhine-Westphalia, 4th largest in Germany and 29th in Europe.

Population: 1.047.00 (2014) | 953.000 (1990) | 740.000 (1930) | 372.000 (1900)

Cologne was declared a roman city as Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippensium (CCAA) in the year 50 and was capital of the province Germania inferior. Since then it always retained its prominent role in the region, has been a member of the Hanseatic League, has always been a key city of the Catholics and in more recent history also been famous for its Carnival. Cologne is part of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region (the 6th largest in europe) and home to one UNESCO world heritage site – the Cologne Cathedral, the largest gothic church of Northern Europe.

The Schildergasse (literal english: shields alley) is, despite its modern looks, the second oldest street of Cologne, having been the major east-west street of the roman city. To find out more about the street and see the framework version of the panorama visit Cologne @ 101 weeks 101 cities.

Visit our archive for other streetline panoramas from the Bundesland Northrhine-Westphalia.

WEEK 9 | San Bartolomé de Tirajana | Fataga | Spain

Population: 54.000 (2014) | 24.500 (1991) | 4.700 (1900)
Population Fataga: 370 (2011) | 650 (1900)

San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Tirajana refers to a tribe of the Guanches that settled here before the spanish invaded Gran Canaria. Besides the historical village Fataga, San Bartolomé is also known for the sand dunes, the beaches and the lighthouse of Maspalomas. It is one of the touristic centres of the island Gran Canaria.

Fataga (Photography by Victor Lavilla) is a small village with historic significance within the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. With its preserved centre it is a role model for a characteristic village of Gran Canaria. To find out more about the street and see the framework version of the panorama visit San Bartolomé @101weeks101cities

Visit our archive for other streetline panoramas from Spain.

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Discussion Starter #6 (Edited)
WEEK 10 to WEEK 12

WEEK 10 | Potsdam | Germany | Kurfürstenstraße

Potsdam [Sorbian: Podstupim], first mentioned in 993, lies directly south-west of Berlin and 120 km north of Leipzig on the shores of the river Havel, largest city of the state Brandenburg and 45th largest in Germany.

Population: 164.000 (2014) | 140.000 (1990) | 73.000 (1930) | 60.000 (1900)

Potsdam is the capital of the german state Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin. From the 17th century the city has been a residence city of the Prussian Monarchy, resulting in several castles and parks, including the famous palace Sanssouci, all of which are included in the UNESCO world heritage list. The Filmstudio Babelsberg was the first large movie studio of the world (Metropolis by Fritz Lang was made here) and the Alexander Nevsky Memorial Church is the oldest russian orthodox church of western europe.

Here we see a carré of the Dutch Quarter (german: Holländisches Viertel) in Kurfürstenstrasse. The dutch quarter was built to attract dutch workers to the rapidly growing city. To find out more about the street and see the framework version of the panorama visit Potsdam @101weeks101cities

Visit our archive for other streetline panoramas from Germany.

WEEK 11 | Deauville | France | Rue du Casino

Deauville, first mentioned around 1060 as A Enilla, lies on the Normandy coast, west of Trouville, separated by the river Touques, also about 175 km west of Paris.

Population: 3.800 (2012) | 4.300 (1990) | 4.800 (1931) | 2.900 (1901)

Deauville was just a small farming village up to the 1850s. Then Charles de Morny, half brother of Napoleon III., transformed it into an elegant seaside resort. With its race courses, marinas, villas, harbour, Grand Casino, international Festivals and the close proximity to Paris it became the „Queen of the Norman Beaches“. Deauville is home to several festivals and horse events throughout the year, the most prestigious being the Deauville American Film Festival. Marcel Proust worked on his novel „In search of lost time“ during his summers in Deauville.

With its development into the prime seaside resort in the Normandy, Deauville attracted the wealthy and famous french (including Coco Chanel, André Citroen, Yves Saint Laurent, Josephine Baker, Gustave Flaubert amongst others) and became the Parisian Riviera. Hence one could and can also find the high-class fashion labels in Deauville, with a concentration in the Rue du Casino (Casino Street), right opposite the Casino Barrière de Deauville. The flamboyant style of half timbered houses in Deauville is a product of the neo norman style of the late 19th century. See the framework version of this streetline at Deauville @ 101weeks101cities.

Visit our archive for other streetline panoramas from the Normandy.

WEEK 12 | Düsseldorf | Germany | Königsallee

Düsseldorf [Dutch: Dusseldorp], founded in 12th century, got city rights in 1288, lies on the shores of the Rhine, 30 km north of Cologne and 170 km east of Brussels, 2nd largest city in the Bundesland Nordrhein Westphalen (Northrhine-Westphalia), 7th largest in Germany and 66th largest in europe.

Population: 605.000 (2014) | 576.000 (1990) | 478.000 (1930) | 214.000 (1900)

Düsseldorf is the capital of the german Bundesland Northrhine-Westphalia and a centre of the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area. A newly founded city of the 12th century it was named after the small river Düssel which flows into the Rhine here. It became the residence city of the Duchy of Berg in the 14th century. Today Düsseldorf is an important trade fair city and economic centre in germany. It is also well known for its carnival and its art academy (the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf).

Here we have one block along the west side of the Königsallee in Düsseldorf. Locally nicknamed the „Kö“, the street is one of the main luxury shopping streets of germany. Find more infos about the street and the framework view at Düsseldorf @ 101weeks101cities.

Visit our archive for other streetline panoramas from the Bundesland Northrhine-Westphalia.

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Discussion Starter #7 (Edited)
WEEK 13 to WEEK 15

WEEK 13 | Istanbul | Turkey | Istiklal Avenue

Istanbul [old english: Constantinople; old german: Konstantinopel, Byzanz], founded as Byzantium by greek settlers around 660 BCE, lies on both sides of the Bosphorus partly on the european and partly on the asian continent, largest city in europe (though not completely situated on the european continent) and 5th largest city in the world.

Population: 14.377.000 (2014) | 6.620.000 (1990) | 741.000 (1935) | 943.000 (1900)

Istanbul is the most prominent and most populous city in Turkey, though the capital is Ankara. However it was the imperial capital for sixteen centuries for the East Roman Empire, the Byzantine, the Latin (being called Constantinople during all that time) and the Ottoman Empire. It is still the seat of the Orthodox Patriarchate. Istanbul is amongst the ten most visited tourist destinations in the world, with its attractive historical centre (an UNESCO world heritage site), its cosmopolitan Beyoglu side, the Bosphorous strait and its asian side.

This is a section of the 1.4 km long Istiklal Avenue (turkish: Istiklal Caddesi) meaning Independence Avenue, also known by its former name Grande Rue de Péra. Until the 1920s it was the cosmopolitan artery of Péra, where lots of greek, italian, french and other foreigners, and especially merchants, lived for centuries. Find more backgrounds about the street and the framework version of this streetline panorama at Istanbul @ 101weeks101cities.

We documented a number of streets and places in Istanbul, find a preview in our Istanbul overview.

WEEK 14 | Strasbourg | France | La Petit France

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Strasbourg [german: Straßburg; dutch: Straatsburg], founded by the Romans as Argentoratum in 12 BCE, lies 100 km west of Stuttgart, 200 km south of Frankfurt and about 450 km east of Paris, largest city of the french region Alsace and 7th largest city in France.

Population: 274.000 (2012) | 252.000 (1990) | 181.000 (1931) | 151.00 (1900)

Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace (german: Elsass) region, however today it is also one of the capitals of europe, being the seat of the several european institutions like the Council of Europe and the European Parliament as well as the International Institute of Human Rights. Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île, has been declared an UNESCO world heritage site in 1988. Historically the city often changed sides between german or french rulers. Since the late 17th century mainly french, german was still the main language till the end of WWII. Strasbourg is an important economic centre and its port is the second largest on the Rhine after Dusiburg, Germany.

La Petit France is a historic quarter in the centre of Strasbourg, part of its UNESCO world heritage site. Here the river Ill forms a number of channels with half timbered houses lining up on the shores and the narrow streets, most of them dating from the 16th and 17th century. La Petit France is now one of Strasbourg’s main tourist attractions. Find the framework version of the panorama at Strasbourg @ 101weeks101cities.

Visit our archive for other streetline panoramas from France.

WEEK 15 | Zwickau | Germany | Hauptmarkt

Zwickau, founded in the 12th century, lies 60 km south of Leipzig and about 150 km northwest of Prague at the foot of the ore mountains [german: Erzgebirge], 4th largest city in the german state Saxony and 88th largest city in Germany (2014).

Population: 91.000 (2014) | 122.000 (1988) | 85.000 (1930) | 56.000 (1900)

Zwickau quickly gained importance after its foundation and was a free imperial city in the early 14th century. Besides Wittenberg it was an early centre of the Lutheran Reformation. From the 15th to the 20th century Zwickau was a centre of the mining industry in Germany, especially for hard-coal from Zwickau and silver from the ore mountains. Hence the city played an important role in german industrialisation and was for centuries one of the main economic and cultural centres of Saxony. It is also a cradle of the german automobile industry with Audi and Horch being founded in the city, while during the GDR times it was the city of the Trabant, the most well known car of the eastern bloc.

Here we see a night view in christmas lighting of the southern side of the main market square (Hauptmarkt), which includes two of the cities main buildings, the Gewandhaus on the left and the town hall in the centre. For more infos and a framework version of the panorama visit Zwickau @ 101weeks101cities.

Visit our archive for other streetline panoramas from Saxony.

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WEEK 16 to WEEK 18

WEEK 16 | Wroclaw | Poland | Rynek

Wroclaw [german: Breslau], first mentioned as Wortizlawa around 900, lies ca. in the middle of the triangle Berlin – Warsaw – Vienna about 250-300 km away from each capital, 4th largest city in Poland, 61st largest city in europe.

Population: 633.000 [2014] | 641.000 [1990] | 625.000 [1933] | 422.000 [1900]

Wroclaw is a european capital of culture in 2016.

Wroclaw has been the capital of the historical region Silesia [german: Schlesien] and is the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship in Poland today. It is the seat of a roman-catholic arch bishop and an evangelic Diocese. In the 15th century it was a member of the Hanseatic League. Together with Silesia Wroclaw has had a very changeful history, belonging successively to Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, Austria, Prussia and Germany until 1945. Then the population was completely replaced and the Germans had to leave the city, while Poles that had to leave areas around Lviv in the east had to move in.

Here we see one side of the Rynek, the city's main market square. It is an unusual square in the sense that it has a large middle block of buildings (incl. the town hall) with small alleys going through. For more infos, more side views of the square and a framework version of the panorama visit Wroclaw @ 101weeks101cities

Visit our archive for other streetline panoramas from Poland.

WEEK 17 | Munich | Germany | Residenz München

Munich [german: München], first mentioned 1158, lies 350 km west of Vienna, 300 km north of Venice and 500 km south of Berlin on the shores of the Isar river. It is the 3rd lagest city in Germany and 19th largest city in Europe.

Population: 1.439.000 [2014] | 1.229.000 [1990] | 729.000 [1930] | 500.000 [1900]

Munich has become the seat of a bavarian duke in 1255 and in 1506 it became capital of all of Bavaria. Munich hosted the 1972 Olympic Games and is home to the Oktoberfest, the world’s largest Volksfest. The city is a financial and cultural centre of Germany and home to Bayern München, one of the most prominent football clubs of europe.

Here we see the complete west side of the Munich Residenz, which had been the Residence of the Bavarian Rulers from 1508 to 1918. The Residenz is the largest city palace of germany. For more infos and a framework version of the panorama visit Munich @ 101weeks101cities.

We have captured a number of Streetlines in the bavarian capital, a summary of the material can be found in the Munich overview.

WEEK 18 | Kalovy Vary | Czech Republic | Stará Louka

Karlovy Vary [english: Carlsbad; german: Karlsbad], assumed to be founded by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King around 1350, lies about 120 km west of Prague and 150 km south of Leipzig at the confluence of the rivers Ohre and Teplá. 20th largest city in the Czech Republic.

Population: 50.000 [2014] | 56.000 [1991] | 55.000 [1930]

Emperor Charles IV, who appraised the healing power of the hot springs in the area, gave city privileges to the town, which was subsequently named after him. From 1526 Bohemia including Karlovy Vary belonged to the Habsburg Monarchy. In the 18th and 19th century Karlsbad gained more and more importance as the foremost spa town in central europe. Its visitors included Tsar Peter the Great, Goethe, Karl Marx, Morzart, Richard Wagner, Atatürk, Bach, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud amongst others. After World War II the german majority population was expelled from Karlsbad and the Czech Republic. Since 1989 the city is regaining its former spa town status, attracting international tourists, especially a large number of russian visitors.

The Stara Louka (german: Alte Wiese which means old meadow) lies at the centre of the Spa Area of the city along the Teplá river. It is regarded its most picturesque street and main esplanade. Here the valley is very narrow and the hills start right behind these buildings. For more infos and a framework version of the panorama visit Karlovy Vary @ 101weeks101cities.

Find more material from Karlovy Vary in our Czech Republic overview.
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