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    Peterskirche (Church of Peter & Paul)

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    scenic hilltop riverside location doesn't hurt

    With its commanding location, the Peterskirche is an impressive amalgam of its illustrious past incarnations. Steeped in the city’s medieval origins, the former Late Romanesque basilica of approximately 1230 gave way to this Late Gothic successor built between 1423 and 1497. Its neo-Gothic towers were built in the late 1800s and can be seen from just about anywhere in the city. Though an admittedly impressive sight in its own right, its riverside hilltop location is what makes it truly stand out. It is best viewed from across the Neisse in Poland or just at the border entrance.

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    Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity Church)

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    For me, this was even more impressive than the Peterskirche perhaps due to it being in a less restored state. It was like stepping back in time once you entered the former monastery church of the Franziskaner monks that was founded in 1234. The church itself was built between 1371 and 1381 and 0f particular note is the splendidly carved pulpit and alter dating back to 1516.

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    Altstadt of Görlitz

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 12, 2010

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    The Old Town (Altstadt) has one of the most prominent architectural heritages in Germany (Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Historicist, and Art Nouveau).
    Each wave of devastation allowed Görlitz to rebuild in the architectural style of the time.
    The results are the astonishing collection of exemplary buildings from every architectural era.
    More than 3700 buildings are registered historical monuments. Whilst the town was always well preserved, it was notably grey and colorless under East German rule.
    Since reunification it has repainted many buildings and is now more clearly "beautiful" even to the layman.
    This makes Görlitz the gem that it is today.
    The best place to begin a walk through Görlitz would be the historic Old Town or the Nikolai suburbs, both of which are dominated by medieval architecture. The ensemble of historic buildings looks as if copied straight from an old painting.

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    Nikolaiturm

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 12, 2010

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    We left our car in a convenient parking at Rothenburgerstrasse (close to Görlitz Barracs) and started exploring Görlitz from the western part of the Old Town (Altstadt) along the Nikolaistrasse.
    The Nikolaivorstadt is the site of the earliest settlement, with the Nikolaikirche (St Nicholas's Church) and its churchyard, the Nikolaifriedhof (many Baroque monuments, including the tomb of the philosopher Jacob Böhme).
    Three of the city’s mighty medieval towers have survived to this day. Nikolaiturm is among them.
    This 45 meters high Tower is a part of the city defenses. It dates back to 1250 though first documentary mentioned in 1348. It was damaged in fire of 1717 and restored with a baroque capote.
    There is a small museum and a viewing platform inside.

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    St Peter’s and Paul’s Kirche

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 12, 2010

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    In the northeast of the Old Town we found the most imposing medieval building in Görlitz, the parish church of Sts. Peter and Paul (1423-97). It is the Late Gothic successor to a Late Romanesque basilica of around 1230. It has Renaissance porches on the side doorways and two neo-Gothic towers (1889-91). St George's Crypt ranks as the finest Late Gothic interior in Upper Lusatia.
    Its length is 72 meters; height of Towers is 84 meters.
    It is famous with the sun organ built by Eugenio Casparini (prospect of 1703. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited Görlitz and we didn’t see interiors of the Cathedral. May be next time…

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    Untermarkt

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 12, 2010

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    The Untermarkt is divided into a northern and a southern half by a range of Renaissance and Baroque buildings known as the Zeile occupying the site of the original 13th century Town Hall.
    The Untermarkt was the heart of medieval Görlitz. It is surrounded by Late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Several of the houses (Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 22) preserve interiors characteristic of great merchants' houses during the town's economic heyday between 1480 and 1547.
    On the east side of the square are the Late Gothic Lange Lauben (Long Arcades), once the shops of cloth merchants, and a Baroque house, the Brauner Hirsch.

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    Neißtraße

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 14, 2010

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    Neißtraße connects Untermarkt and Neiße River and leads to Altstadtbrücke.
    With its late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, Görlitz is considered an integrated architectural work of art. In particular the buildings in the Neißtraße never fail to fascinate with the richly decorated facades, artful arches and frescoed ceilings from different epochs.
    Nowhere in Germany will you find such a density of lavishly restored listed buildings.
    Fassade Biblisches Haus auf der Neißstraße 29 with scenes from the Old and the New Testament is another gem in Görlitz.

    You can watch my 5 min 38 sec HD Video Görlitz Sachsen out of my Youtube channel.

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    Reichenbacher Turm

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 14, 2010

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    Reichenbacher Tower dominates the western end of the Obermarkt.
    The Tower formed the western city wall and dates from the 13th century. Although the cylindrical portion was added in 1485 and is topped with a Baroque cupola from 1782.
    The Tower housed city guards and watchmen, who kept a lookout for fires, until the last “tower family” moved out in 1904.
    Along with the tower of the City Hall and the church towers of St Peter’s Church and the Church of the Holy Trinity they form the typical skyline of Görlitz.

    You can watch my 4 min 10 sec HD Video Görlitz Turm Sachsen out of my Youtube channel.

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    Dreifaltigkeitskirche

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 14, 2010

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    On the south side of the Obermarkt stands the Holy Trinity Church with one of the most precious church interiors in Görlitz.
    In 1245 Franciscan monks consecrated the Church. Although originally a Romanesque structure renovations in 1380 gave the church its current late-Gothic appearance.
    When the Reformation took hold in Silesia in 1563, the monks were forced to surrender the keys to the church.
    The church’s Tower is unusually thin (the locals call it “Monk”). Notable among its Late Gothic furnishings are the monks' stalls (1484), an "Entombment" (1492), a figure of Christ resting (c. 1500), an altar with the "Golden Virgin" (c. 1511).
    Entrance is free: daily 9.00-18.00.

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    Reichenbacher Turm Museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 14, 2010

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    The handsome Reichenbacher Turm houses the arms of the Lusatian League of Six Cities, of which Görlitz was a member. In this tower is another section of the Museum.
    You will see an impressive collection of armaments, early 20th century photographs.
    The view from the top is worth the 165 steps.

    Entrance fee 1,5 euro.
    May-Oct: Tue-Sun 10.00-17.00.
    Closed Mon and Nov-April.
    Platz des 17 Juni,
    Tel 03581|671-355.

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    Kaisertrutz Bastion

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 14, 2010

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    The Kaisertrutz BastionTo is situated to the north of the Dicker Turm in Demianiplatz. It is a massive round tower (1490), now housing a section of the Municipal Museum on the history of the town.
    In 1490 Goerlitz strengthened its city fortifications by building a circular bastion outside Reichenbacher Tower. The structure came to be known as the Emperor’s Keep (Kaisertrutz).
    The Swedish made their last stand against the Imperial Saxon Army during the Thirty Years’ War. Since then the Emperor’s Keep has been used as an archive. Now it is under renovation.

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    Dicker Turm

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    standing sentry, the Dicker Turm

    The Dicker Turm (Thick Tower) dates back to 1305 and stands like a sentry to the Old City center as well as the focal point of the Marienplatz. The town coat of arms is carved in sandstone and was added in 1477.

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    Astronomical Clock

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    well worth the neck strain

    Locally born artist, Bartholomäus Scultetus, built the two faced Astronomical Clock that adorns the Northeast face of the Rathaus’ tower in 1584. The lower and exquisite clock shows the local time while the upper equally impressive clock gives both a 24 hour clock and information about the phases of the moon.

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    Flüsterbogen

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    I love you.....

    The Flüsterbogen or “Whispering Arch” is a Late Gothic doorway at house No. 22 of the Undermarkt that all tourists make a spectacle (including us) by whispering (in our case as newlyweds) sweet nothings into one end and waiting for them to come out the other. Hey, it works and it was fun. But yes, we are newlyweds. ;>

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    Neues Rathaus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 12, 2010

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    On the west side of the Untermarkt is the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), built in several phases. The most recent extension was in 1902-03.
    Untermarkt square studded with the most beautiful patrician’s houses in the city.
    Around the Untermarkt square you will find several extraordinarily precious old houses and city residences. Thirty-five of these exceptional buildings with late Gothic and Renaissance elements have survived in the historic town centre.

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