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Architecture for the Week

Forest Cat

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This is Schloss Wöffenbuttel: first recorded in 1074 and is the second older surviving castle in Germany

This is one of my favorites, Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria. I could easily live there. :cool: I would like to take a tour of all the castles in Germany, get a pic of myself infront of all of them. They have over 25 000 so it would take a while. The Germans know castles.

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Luca

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This is one of my favorites, Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria. I could easily live there. :cool: I would like to take a tour of all the castles in Germany, they have over 25 000 so it will take a while. The Germans know castles.

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Wow, that is so incredibly beautiful!!! Germany is so cool. I would love to tour all the castles there too, and the mountains.
Don't worry, I'm still coming to see Norway too eventually :D
 

Forest Cat

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Wow, that is so incredibly beautiful!!! Germany is so cool. I would love to tour all the castles there too, and the mountains.
Don't worry, I'm still coming to see Norway too eventually :D

And how about this one, Schwerin Castle. :cool: I could easily live there too. It would be so fun to do a German castle tour.

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Aneka

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This is one of my favorites, Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria. I could easily live there. :cool: I would like to take a tour of all the castles in Germany, get a pic of myself infront of all of them. They have over 25 000 so it would take a while. The Germans know castles.

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I didn't know we had 25 000 :eek:
Every count, knight or lord had to build himself a worthy residence.

The number sounds about right, almost every town has a castle or fortress. Some might only be a loose collection of stones these days...
Only few castles remained intact through wars and centuries.
In the Historism period nobles and investors started to restore ruins to their former glory to preserve the cultural heritage (for example Wartburg castle, only the remains of one tower were left in the 19th century)
This also included new building projects based on historical references.
Neuschwanenstein was the life project of the Bavarian king (who either commited suicide or was murdered, it remains a mystery). If he hadn't been a king he would have gone bankrupt, he even got declared legally incapable to save him (and Bavaria) from his debts.
He based Neuschwanenstein on Wartburg Castle.
So basically, we have to thank wasteful kings and historism for German fairytale castles :D
 

Forest Cat

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I didn't know we had 25 000 :eek:
Every count, knight or lord had to build himself a worthy residence.

The number sounds about right, almost every town has a castle or fortress. Some might only be a loose collection of stones these days...
Only few castles remained intact through wars and centuries.
In the Historism period nobles and investors started to restore ruins to their former glory to preserve the cultural heritage (for example Wartburg castle, only the remains of one tower were left in the 19th century)
This also included new building projects based on historical references.
Neuschwanenstein was the life project of the Bavarian king (who either commited suicide or was murdered, it remains a mystery). If he hadn't been a king he would have gone bankrupt, he even got declared legally incapable to save him (and Bavaria) from his debts.
He based Neuschwanenstein on Wartburg Castle.
So basically, we have to thank wasteful kings and historism for German fairytale castles :D

Another one where I could easily live, the Burg Eltz castle. :cool:
We should all thank Germany for the wonderful castles.

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Forest Cat

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I didn't know we had 25 000 :eek:
Every count, knight or lord had to build himself a worthy residence.

The number sounds about right, almost every town has a castle or fortress. Some might only be a loose collection of stones these days...
Only few castles remained intact through wars and centuries.
In the Historism period nobles and investors started to restore ruins to their former glory to preserve the cultural heritage (for example Wartburg castle, only the remains of one tower were left in the 19th century)
This also included new building projects based on historical references.
Neuschwanenstein was the life project of the Bavarian king (who either commited suicide or was murdered, it remains a mystery). If he hadn't been a king he would have gone bankrupt, he even got declared legally incapable to save him (and Bavaria) from his debts.
He based Neuschwanenstein on Wartburg Castle.
So basically, we have to thank wasteful kings and historism for German fairytale castles :D

We know a thing or two about German nobility here, the reigning royal House of Norway is a branch of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg branch of the House of Oldenburg, founded in 1101, originally from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. Such fancy names. :) It's oozing royalty. It's also the same royal house as the Danish royal family.
 
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Aneka

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We know a thing or two about German nobility here, the reigning royal House of Norway is a branch of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg branch of the House of Oldenburg, originally from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. Such fancy names. :) It's oozing royalty. It's also the same royal house as the Danish royal family.
All of European nobility is related by blood :eek:
 

Aneka

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Landgericht Mitte (courthouse) in Berlin, Art Nouveau.
I love Art Nouveau architecture!
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Rodafina

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Brutalism at its ugliest. City Hall, Boston, MA, USA
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As compared to the much older beauties in the area:

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Trinity Church, Boston

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Firehouse, downtown Boston

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North End, Boston
 

Forest Cat

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Forest Cat

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One of my favorite places, Kistefos Museum & Sculpture Park. The museum building itself is a piece of art called The Twist. It's a bridge, a museum and a sculpture. Special architecture.

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Bosko

Crusader in exile
Here's some architecture that stands out for the wrong reasons. Imagine you are sailing up the Oslo fjord and then you are met by this sight. It's called "the Barcode", someone built those hideous things not long ago and said "yeah that looks nice". Nothing about it makes sense. Two and a half million square feet of ugly. Modern architecture... it leaves much to be desired.

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Try to guess what this is for
 

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