Schwerin Off The Beaten Path

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    Logenhaus

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 23, 2009

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    House of the Freemasons

    The house of the free masons in Schlachtermarkt was designed and donated by court architect Georg Adolph Demmler who himself was a member of the loge “Harpokrates zur Morgenröthe”. After the fall of the DDR regime which banned all associations of this kind, the loge has been refounded in 1992 and is again using the house together with a second loge which has been founded one year later.

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    Marienpalais

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 23, 2009

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    Marienpalais

    The palace is named after the widowed Grandduchess Marie, the wife of Friedrich Franz II, who lived here after the death of her husband. The building was erected in 1776 but redesigned to its present state in historistic French baroque style in the 1870s.

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    Graffiti Deep Sea Monsters

    by Kathrin_E Written Jul 11, 2009

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    The depths of the oceans have risen to the surface on this house. Must have been a graffiti artist with a lot of imagination. I particularly like the trick picture of the whale and the penguins (photo 2).

    The graffiti house can be found in the small street that leads from the southeastern corner of train station square down to Pfaffenteich.

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    Ersparnis-Anstalt - Savings Institute

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jul 7, 2009

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    Ersparnis-Anstalt, 1857

    The Ersparnis-Anstalt was a precedessor of today's savings banks, the building is actually used by the Sparkasse now. Opened in 1821, the institution moved into this neo-gothic building next to Schelfkirche in 1857. Have a closer look at the details of the fancy facade.

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    Schelfkirche

    by Kathrin_E Written Jul 7, 2009

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    The new quarter named Schelfstadt was planned in 1705, and the plan included a new parish church which was begun in 1708 and finished five years later. It is officially named St Nikolai but usually known as Schelfkirche.
    The vault underneath the altar is the burial place of the Granddukes and Grandduchesses of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

    To art historians specialized on protestant church architecture, this church is a well-known landmark. The original interior was designed by court architect Leonhard Christoph Sturm who then wrote an essay on church design based on this project, entitled Architectonisches Bedencken von protestantischer kleinen Kirchen Figur und Einrichtung (Architectoinic reflections on protestant small churches' form and furnishing). I won't bore the rest of you with more details, those who should know will know what I am talking about.
    Infortunately Sturm's interior was removed and destroyed in the 19th century and substituted by a historistic design.

    The church is open to visitors in the daytime.

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    Schelfstadt

    by Kathrin_E Written Jul 6, 2009

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    The suburb between Schweriner See and Pfaffenteich, north of the town centre, used to be a separate town until 1832. Planned shortly after 1700, the quarter shows baroque design. This part of the town is not spectacular but quite pretty for a stroll. Many old houses have been well restored in the meantime.
    The centre of the quarter is the rectangular market square with the parish church, officially named St Nikolai but usually known as Schelfkirche.

    A close look (photo 4) reveals that the facades may be made of stone and plaster but the construction behind is cheap half-timbered framework.

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    The Eastern Sea is only 150 km...

    by joh28 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The Eastern Sea is only 150 km away, so have a look for e.g. Wismar, Island Poel, Timmendorfer Strand! Here a view over the typical Meckelenburg woods around the city

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