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Sculptures

Centurione I (1987) in Bamberg

Centurione I by Igor Mitoraj in Bamberg, Germany

This sculpture was created in 1987 by Polish artist Igor Mitoraj. It is located near the Old Town Hall on the Lower Bridge in Bamberg. In the background you can see Michelsberg Abbey, which is currently being renovated.

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Palaces

Ehrenburg Palace in Coburg

Ehrenburg Palace in Coburg, Germany

Ehrenburg palace (Schloss Ehrenburg) was the residence palace of the dukes of Saxe-Coburg until 1918. It was built in the 16th century from a Franciscan monastery. The present façade in English Gothic Revival style was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the beginning of the 19th century.

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Architecture

Horse’s head in Coburg

Horse's head at the former riding hall of Coburg, GermanyThe Coburg Riding Hall (Coburger Reiterhalle) is in the immediate vicinity of Ehrenburg Palace (Schloss Ehrenburg). It was built in 1852 according to the plans of master builder Georg Konrad Rothbart. The sculptural horse’s head in the tondo directly above the pointed arch portal was created by Theodor Behrens.

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Coat of Arms Manhole Covers

Manhole Cover in Coburg

Manhole cover in Coburg, Germany

The manhole covers in Coburg show the city arms. They display the head of Saint Maurice, the patron of the city. According to legend, Saint Maurice died as leader of the Theban Legion a martyr’s death in the 3rd century. In general, this depiction of him is known as Coburger Mohr (Coburg Moor).

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City Halls Towers

City hall tower in Passau

City hall tower in Passau, GermanyThe tower of the city hall was erected between 1889 and 1892 by Heinrich Freiherr von Schmidt in neo-Gothic style.

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Gorges Trails

Breitachklamm in Allgäu

Breitachklamm in Allgäu, Germany

The Breitachklamm is a gorge located in Allgäu next to the border between Germany and Austria. On the German end of the gorge there is a helpful exhibition hall explaining the different parts of the gorge and how such a gorge come into being.

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Museums

The ‘Neues Museum’ in Nuremberg, Germany

Neues Museum in Nuremberg, Germany

Fascinating modern architecture inside the walls of Nuremberg. The glass façade of the ‘Neues Museum’ is mirroring the old town wall. By the way the museum is about modern and contemporary art as well as design.

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Coat of Arms

The emblems of Nuremberg, Germany

Emblems of Nuremberg, Germany

And now some history:On the left side the great emblem (Große Wappen) and on the right side the minor emblem (Kleine Wappen) of Nuremberg. The left one is generally used by administrative bodies whereas the minor one is used by some companies too.

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Churches

Ascension of Jesus at St Lorenz in Nuremberg

Ascension at Sank Lorenz in Nuremberg, Germany

I was told this part at the tympanum of St. Lorenz is showing the ‘Ascension of Jesus’. For me this is really an odd illustration as one can see only the feet of Jesus. What do you think?

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Sundials

Sundial on the Nassauer Haus in Nuremberg

Sundial at the Nassauer Haus, Nuremberg

This sundial is located at the Nassauer Haus in Nuremberg. I love the design which reminds on a scroll. Around the corner, there is another sundial with a more common design.

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Architecture

Heilig-Geist-Spital in Nuremberg, Germany

Heilig-Geist-Spital in Nuremberg, Germany

An iconic view of Nuremberg: The Heilig-Geist-Spital. The church of this building was the depository for the Imperial Regalia for many years.

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Fountains

Schöner Brunnen in Nuremberg, Germany

Schöner Brunnen in Nuremberg, Germany

The ‘Schöner Brunnen’ is one of the most beautiful fountains I have ever seen and is placed at the central place of Nuremberg. A ring embedded in the fence surrounding the fountain is said to bring good luck to those who spin. Another version told me spinning the ring rises your fertility. So be careful!