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    Peterskirche (Church of Peter & Paul)

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    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.

    scenic hilltop riverside location doesn't hurt
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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.

    stepping back in time unassuming from the outside, but within a gem
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    Dicker Turm

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    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.

    standing sentry, the Dicker Turm
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    Astronomical Clock

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    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.

    well worth the neck strain
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    Flüsterbogen

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    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. ;>

    I love you.....
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    Holy Sepulchre (Heiliges Grab)

    by german_eagle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Although there are still 16 Holy Sepulchres more in Germany the one in Görlitz is very special and unique. It is considered to be the only one exact copy of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as it existed until the 16th century before it was severely damaged by a fire.

    The area consists of four parts: Holy Cross chapel (see picture), the small salvation house, Holy Sepulchre chapel and way of the cross.

    It was built 1481 - 1504 as a donation of mayor Georg Emmerich, who went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem 1464. The Holy Sepulchre in Görlitz has quickly become an important pilgrimage place. Despite of reformation the tradition is kept.

    The Holy Cross chapel is a double chapel: the lower floor chapel (Adam chapel) was built with a crack in the wall (hint on the earthquake during the execution of Jesus Christ) which is connected to the upper floor chapel (Golgatha chapel) where three holes on the floor symbolise the location of the crosses. Beautiful gothic architecture.

    In the small salvation house you can see a group of sculptures depicting Maria Magdalena salving Jesus, a work of Hans v. Olmützer (1500).

    The Holy Sepulchre chapel is an exact smaller (scale ?)copy of the one in Jerusalem as it existed 1099 - 1555. Oriental - Romanesque style.

    The way of the cross (via Dolorosa) begins at the Western portal of St. Peter and Paul church and leads to the Holy Cross chapel. Two small shrines are preserved, impressive the one at the corner Nikolaigraben/Bogstrasse symbolising the place where Simon of Cyrene took over the cross from Jesus.

    When you're standing in front of the Holy Cross chapel you can see a park in the north. It symbolises the Kidron valley and the adjoining Mount of Olives.

    Holy Cross chapel Golgatha chapel Adam chapel salvation house Holy Sepulchre chapel
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    Biblisches Haus (The Bible House)

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    The Biblisches Haus was built in 1570 after the 1526 fire destroyed all of the original Neissestrasse as well as part of the Untermarkt. Its name comes from the ornate biblical reliefs carved into the sandstone depicting both New and Old Testament scenes.

    Sandstone reliefs
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    Kaiserstrutz

    by richiecdisc Updated Jul 22, 2006

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    To learn a bit about the city’s illustrious past, stop by the Municipal Museum housed inside the formidable Kaiserstrutz, an armament dating back to 1490. For 3 Euros you can visit it along with the Reichenbacher Turm and climb its 165 steps for a birds eye view.

    the formidable Kaiserstrutz
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    Rathaus

    by richiecdisc Updated Jul 22, 2006

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    The Görlitz Rathaus (Town Hall) was built in many phases with it most famous feature, the external staircase by W. Roskopf dating back to the early 1500s and its ample tower featuring two historic clocks

    towering above the Untermarkt, the Rathaus
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    Silesian Museum

    by german_eagle Updated Oct 2, 2010

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    Since Görlitz has always been a part of Silesia (in spite of country's boundaries!) it is the logical home of the Silesian museum.

    Since May 2006 (after finishing reconstruction of the buildings) a permanent exhibit is on display in the "Schönhof", Brüderstrasse 8, and the neighbouring townhouse (corner Untermarkt). The responsible body for the museum is the foundation of the same name, supported by the Federal Republic of Germany, the Free State of Saxony, the Town of Görlitz and the Homeland Association of Silesia.

    You can see works of art from the 17th through to 20th century, an exhibit on the history of Silesia and pieces depicting the everyday life of the Silesian people through the times. From time to time there are also temporary exhibits in the museum.

    Opening hours: Tue - Sun 10 - 17 h
    admission fee: 4 Euro

    The big hall Schlesisches Museum
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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.

    Altstadt of G��rlitz
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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.

    Nikolaiturm
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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…

    St Peter���s and Paul���s Kirche
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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.

    Untermarkt

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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.

    Nei��tra��e
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