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    Hohensyburg

    by yumyum Written Dec 9, 2007

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    Hohensyburg doesn’t just stand for the castle ruins that you find on this hill above the Ruhr valley, but also for a vast recreation area with a casino, mini golf, a big park and walking paths.

    The castle is today only a ruin of a middle age stone castle which was probably built at the beginning of the 12th century. Within the ruins you will also find war memorials to the first and second WW.

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    Reinoldikirche

    by yumyum Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    The Reinoldi church was first built in the 10th century. From 1250-1270 an early gothic colomn basilica was built on the previous spot. The high choir is late gothic from the 15th century. In 1661 part of the church collapsed and had to be rebuilt.

    For a small fee you can climb the tower. I think it cost Euro 1.50 per person. Today the church is the city’s landmark.

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    St. Petri Kirche

    by yumyum Written Dec 9, 2007

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    The St. Petri church is protestant and originally built between 1319 and 1353. The construction of the tower started in 1396. Part of the church collapsed in 1752. After the bombing in WW2 on 23rd May 1943 the St. Petri church was rebuilt between 1958 and 1981. The total height of the tower is 105 meters.

    Inside the church is quite large. Make sure you go to the other end as you will find the famous Antwerp altar from 1521 behind a makeshift wall. It’s by master Gilles and is the biggest altar of Westfalia with 633 figures, it is also called the “golden wonder”. At certain times you can go on a tour behind the wall, if not then you can look through the windows like I did.

    You can see the closed wing altar in the week before Easter. The side with the paintings (see my photo) you can see from Whitsunday until the beginning of October and the golden wonder from the 1st Sunday in October until before Easter and again until Whitsunday. The altar was not destroyed in the war because it was taken to security during that time.

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    Kaiser-Wilhelm monument in Hohensyburg

    by yumyum Written Dec 9, 2007

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    This monument was constructed in 1902 in memory of the foundation of the German Reich. You can see this dominant monument from far away. Kaiser Wilhelm is sitting on his horse in front of a 34 meter tower. On either side of him there is a monument of Bismarck and Moltkes. The monument did change apperances over time. When first built there were many more additions like the two princes and the tower was different. It got its present shape during the Nazi time.

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    Friedensplatz

    by yumyum Written Dec 9, 2007

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    Friedensplatz means peace square. Here on the peace square you will find the town hall, the city hall, the peace column.

    The square was redesigned in the late 80s and the Berswordt hall was added to the town hall in 2002. You can enter the Berswordt hall freely and there is a café inside too.

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    Adlerturm

    by yumyum Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    The Adler tower is a part of the reconstructed city wall which was built in 1990 after plans from 1610. Inside there is a museum about the reconstruction of the tower, the city’s history and middle age construction techniques.

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    Propsteikirche

    by yumyum Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    The Propsteikirche is the main catholic church and is dedicated to St. Johann the Baptist. Dominican monks built this church from 1331 when the monastery was founded as well. It took centuries to finish constructing the church. In 1816 the monastery was closed and this church was the first post reformation catholic church. In 1859 it was elevated to Probsteikirche.

    In the Second World War it was almost entirely destroyed. Between 1953 and 1966 the church was rebuilt.

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    Florianturm

    by yumyum Written Dec 9, 2007

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    You can see the Florian tower from far away because it’s 212 meters high. In the height of 138 meters there is a restaurant that turns slowly around. To get to the tower you have to enter the Westfalenpark which housed the “Bundesgartenschau”, which is a nationwide garden show in 1959, 1969 and 1991.

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    Rathaus (town hall)

    by yumyum Written Dec 9, 2007

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    The old city hall was built in 1899 in the new renaissance style by Friedrich Kullrich. After the WW2 bombing it was rebuilt in a mix of new renaissance and Industriezeitalter.

    The Berswordt hall was added in 2002 to the side of the town hall and it's also for civil service and public use.

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    Marienkirche

    by yumyum Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    The main hall of the Marienkirche is mostly from the 12th century. The choir end is gothic and from the 14th century. The Marienaltar dates from around 1420 and is considered a famous master piece of old German Tafelmalerei and belongs to the most important artifacts in Germany.

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    The Dortmund Opera

    by Nemorino Updated Oct 26, 2013

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    Like many other German cities, Dortmund built its first opera house at the beginning of the twentieth century. The original Dortmund Opera opened in 1904 and was destroyed by aerial bombing during the Second World War.

    An architects’ competition to design a new opera house was held in 1955. The new building was constructed from 1956 to 1959 but it was not opened until 1966. (Perhaps someone from Dortmund can tell me why there was such a long delay.)

    The new opera house is on the site of another historic building, the Old Synagogue, which was destroyed by the Nazis before the Second World War even started.

    Second photo: Another view of the opera house.

    Third photo: This street sign says:
    Square of the Old Synagogue.
    On this square once stood the synagogue
    of the Jewish community of Dortmund –
    Erected in 1900 as an “adornment of the city for all time”
    Destroyed 1938 through the terror of the Nazi-regime.

    Fourth photo: Picture of the old synagogue as it looked from 1900 to 1938 – in a permanent display in the lobby of the opera house.

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    The U-Tower

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    The Dortmund U-Tower was built in 1926/27 as part of a large production complex belonging to the Dortmund Union Brewery, which for many years was the largest brewery in Germany.

    The big four-sided U was not added to the top of the tower until 1968.

    For sixty-seven years the U-Tower was a production facility for beer, but in 1994 the Dortmunder Union shut down and the company was merged with several other Dortmund breweries to form the Brinkhoff’s Brewery.

    For several years no one knew what to do with the U-Tower, since it was a listed building and couldn’t be just torn down. On the other hand, it had been purpose-built as a brewery and wasn’t really suitable for anything else.

    Finally the inside of the town was re-modeled and in 2010 it opened as the “Dortmunder U Centre for Art and Creativity” showing artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries and developing “innovative concepts of cultural education in the digital age”.

    I haven’t been inside yet, because the weather was great for cycling on the one day I was there, but I did note down the opening hours:

    Tuesday + Wednesday 10:00 – 18:00
    Thursday + Friday 10:00 – 20:00
    Saturday + Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
    Monday closed

    Admission to the Dortmunder U is free, but most of the exhibitions charge entrance fees.

    Second photo: Looking up at the big U.

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    In the Dortmund opera house

    by Nemorino Written Dec 25, 2011

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    1. In the Dortmund opera house
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    This opera house seats 1170 people, which makes it a bit larger than the nearby Aalto-Theater in Essen and somewhat smaller than the Frankfurt Opera in Frankfurt am Main.

    Unfortunately the Dortmund Opera seems to be in a phase where they have trouble selling enough tickets to fill those 1170 seats. Even Wagner’s Flying Dutchman didn’t fill the house, and for Cavalli’s L’Eliogabalo they didn’t even try, just put the first eighteen rows on sale and nothing else. Too bad, because L’Eliogabalo was an excellent production and well worth seeing.

    That said, I hasten to admit that whenever Frankfurt puts on an opera by Francesco Cavalli they do so in their smaller venue, the Bockenheimer Depot, where they have a good chance of filling all the seats. The Bockenheimer Depot is also where they presented their fantastic production of the opera L'Orfeo by Cavalli’s mentor and teacher Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643).

    Second photo: Lots of seats in the Dortmund Opera.

    Third photo: Looking up from the lobby of the Dortmund Opera.

    Fourth photo: A rock garden behind glass at the lobby level of the Dortmund Opera. This reminds me of a similar feature in the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, which was built at around the same time.

    Fifth photo: Program book for L’Eliogabalo by Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676).

    Click here to watch the trailer of L’Eliogabalo at the Dortmund Opera.

    Next: The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner

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    Dortmund Skyline Countdown # 1 and 8

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    The RWE Tower, on the right, is the tallest building in Dortmund. It was completed in 2005, has 22 floors and is 100 meters high.

    If it were in Frankfurt it would only be the 28th or 29th tallest building and hence would not qualify for my Frankfurt Skyline Countdown, which only includes the top 25.

    The letters RWE stand for Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk, though the company no longer uses the name, just the initials. RWE is currently one of the four big power utility companies in Germany which have the country divided up between them. RWE is highly unpopular as a regional monopolist and an incorrigible operator of atomic energy plants.

    The IWO-Hochhaus, on the left, is the 8th tallest building in Dortmund. It was completed in 1966, has 19 floors and is 66 meters high. It is currently used for offices of the Dortmund City administration.

    The letters IWO are all that is left of a real estate company which went bankrupt shortly after this building was completed.

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    CHRISTMAS..MARKERDT IN DORTMUND

    by truus_s Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    Today 30 nov i go with my tree sisters to the Christmas market in Dortmundt.. we have the same a great day ...with much nice things buy ..and have eat ...yes what... champions with saucse and much more...i"'ts nice to do it.....we go from the Netherlands.to go to Bocholt ..with the train to Dortmund

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