Being the oldest city in Germany, Trier offers an interesting ensemble of historical buildings, the Porta Nigra and the Basilica constituting the finest examples of Roman art in Central Europe. Additional constructions coming from the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque tinge the city with mystery and nostalgia. Eleazar.
Igel is a small village in western Germany, next to the border with Luxembourg, on the shores of the Moselle river. On a sunny Autumn afternoon the Moselle valley displays its charms, with an explosion of colours and textures, going from the colourful and rough leaves of the trees and vines to the smooth surface … Sigue leyendo Igel
A visible trace of the industrial reconversion, a valuable legacy of the industrial heritage, a gem of the industrial art. The Völklingen Ironworks was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1994, constituting the only example in Western Europe that has remained intact after the end of production due to the industrial reconversion. Eleazar.
The capital city of Bavaria, although devastated by the World War II, still peserves the charm of an old medieval town, its historic district having been thoroughly rebuilt. At the same time, Munich is a cosmopolitan city hosting important exhibitions in the fields of photography, history and technology, and having become an important location for … Sigue leyendo Munich
What does the suffix burg ('borough', in English) mean when added to place names? The incidence of these words as suffixes to place names usually indicates that they were once fortified settlements. Hamburg, Lüneburg and Duisburg are not fortified settlements anymore, but modern cities located in western and northern Germany. Even if they have common … Sigue leyendo German cities: Part 3
Today I bring you two cities from Germany that apparently have nothing to do with each other: Münster and Dresden. Münster is in western Germany, while Dresden is in eastern Germany. One was under the influence of capitalism after the World War II; the other one became communist. Münster is a very lively city. It … Sigue leyendo German cities: Part 2
The Old Cemetery of Bonn has become the last resting place of famous people, such as Robert and Clara Schumann, Beethoven's mother, Schopenhauer's sister, Auguste Macke and August Schlegel. Famous Bonn professors were buried in the Alter Friedhof as well. Constructed in 1715, by the end of the century it had become the city's main … Sigue leyendo Alter Friedhof, Bonn
Despite being devastated in the World War II, and having lost most of its heritage, Germany has proved to know how to rebuild its identity. In most cases it was decided to reinterpret the medieval architecture from the old cities, using new materials and putting into practice new techniques, while preserving the essential features of … Sigue leyendo German cities: Part 1
Black & White Sunday is a photo challenge by Paula. This week the topic is after and before, where we are supposed to show the same photo, regardless of the subject, in both monochrome and colour. It's an interesting exercise to become more aware of different textures, shapes and outlines. The pictures below were shot in … Sigue leyendo Black & White Sunday: After and Before
Crossed by the Rur river and surrounded by the hills of North Eifel, Monschau (Montjoie in French) is a small village in western Germany, 2 kilometers away from the border with Belgium. Its old maisons à colombages, its busy narrow streets, its finest art galleries and cosy gift shops full of handmade items make this … Sigue leyendo Monschau, Germany