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    The Almost Perfect Town of Görlitz

    This is the Silesian town of Görlitz. It is a rare survivor of both the bombings as well as post-war soviet neglect. The town and surrounding countryside remain largely unspoiled, a rare combination these days.
    It is basically what your average old German town looked like right up until WWII. Many of the smaller towns that escaped bombing were destroyed as the allied armies pushed for Berlin. Somehow Gorlitz escaped this destruction.

    What most people don’t know is that many towns in Germany that survived the war intact were demolished in order to provide building materials for the reconstruction of Warsaw. This is a sordid little fact that you will not hear on any tour group or read in an American textbook. Görlitz just barely escaped this fate as well.

    Görlitz is actually split. One half, which is the aldstadt, belongs to Germany. The other, going by the name Zgorzelec, belongs to Poland. Little surprise that the only unattractive part of this town falls on the polish side, which was built up with unsightly communist-style blocks.

    The old town contains an astounding collection of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture, most of which you will see here and in the following posts. I have read that Dresden looked very much like Gorlitz. Many filmakers are now taking advantage of the wealth of buildings as a backdrop for their movies.

    This is part 1 of a 3 part photo essay, which will show images of both the town as well as the surrounding countryside.

    Please enjoy.

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    Great pics. reminds me of the village I used to live in. Anyone been to Nufringen (in Baden-Wuttemberg)?

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    Gorlitz - Part 2 of 3

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    It´s a beautiful town, when I visit Eastern Germany I´ll definately visit it. Anyway, the proper name of the town is Görlitz so I´ve changed the "o" with an "ö" if you don´t mind.

    "Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    Anyway, the proper name of the town is Görlitz so I´ve changed the "o" with an "ö" if you don´t mind.
    Not at all. In fact, I had been planning to PM a moderator asking them to do just that before I post the third installment. Thank you.
    (I like umlauts anyway.)

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    Perfect, it doesn't even have a mcdonalds

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    Here is the final installment of this 3 part photo essay.
    I have really been impressed by the enthusiasm shown and will post similar threads in the future. Thank You All
    My next subject will be on 'Fortress Cities'.


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    Görlitz 1565


    1575


    Mid-17th Century


    1850


    1895




    1931










































    This is a typical interior of what many upper-middle homes looked like.








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