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Maribor is the second largest town in Slovenia, built by the river Drava. The following pictures were taken by me last Sunday, which explains why the streets were almost deserted.





































































There is even a sex shop!



The town features also various modern buildings, but it seems to have avoided the ugliness of the commie blocks.







 

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some of those buildings are in a desperate need of a new fascade
 

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Its interesting to see, how it looks so very familiar for a guy like me. Many towns in Lower Austria have a quite similar style, regarding the old town.

I like it.
 

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nice :)
 

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Next to a children store. :hammer:
So what?Europeans are open. There is no need to be prude. If the children see sex as an everyday thing,it will be an everyday thing to them,so they will be open about it,not like our fathers and grandfathers...
 

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Its interesting to see, how it looks so very familiar for a guy like me. Many towns in Lower Austria have a quite similar style, regarding the old town.

I like it.
yes its the habsburg austro-hungarian style,you can find similar cities in austria,czech republic and slovakia as well(though not at all in germany)
 

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@ OMH

Thats what I have heard as well, but I haven't been to enough of those central European gems in order to can judge myself in how far this is true.

I have to wait for my next holidays, and then I may go on a travel to see exactly those cities.

So far I only have been to Bratislava and it has indeed a certain similarity in terms of styles.
 

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Maribor (Marburg an der Drau, Marburgo)is 850 years old. It has some Roman settlements, 1700 years old too (Poštela, Villa rustica (named after type of buildings).
Much older is Ptuj , 24 km east(Poetovio, Pettau) dating back to stone age.

Some buildings have German influence (like today's Casino, previously SS headquarters for Lower Styria, and German culture home - Opposite is Slovene "National home" (Narodni dom)).

SLOVENE "NATIONAL HOME" BUILDING



GERMAN "NATIONAL HOME" BUILDING

(i only found old picture)




Maribor was also heavily populated by German immigrants, and until 1930s, German population accounted 60%. After WWII most of Germans moved to Austria, and a lot of them were also killed.

After war a lot of so called "communist" buildings were built (which are quite different than stereotypical communist architecture.

http://www.geopedia.si/#b2_x548360.5_y155461.5_s17
 

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Maribor is a nice city, some commieblock ugliness but not much and the old town could maybe do with a coat of paint in places but it's a charming place overall and home to the world's oldest vine!!

Nearby Ptuj is well worth a visit too.
 
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