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Trier, pedestrian zone

Trier, pedestrian zone


Trier, the "Jewish Alley" or Judengasse

Trier, the "Jewish Alley" or Judengasse


Trier, half-timbered houses above the "Jewish Alley" (Judengasse)

Trier, half-timbered houses above the "Jewish Alley" (Judengasse)

The Judengasse includes the oldest known Jewish house in Germany at number 2. The Jews came to the Rhineland during the time of the Roman empire.


Trier, Hauptmarkt with fair

Trier, Hauptmarkt with fair


Trier, Dom from below

Trier, Dom from below


Trier, door in Dom garden wall

Trier, door in Dom garden wall


Trier, Dom, small door

Trier, Dom, small door


Trier, Dom, exterior

Trier, Dom, exterior

The Dom is huge, very fortress-like.


Trier, Liebfraukirche, painting on column

Trier, Liebfraukirche, painting on column

This is one of the few old paintings that survived in the church.


Trier, Liebfraukirche, memorial to WWI dead

Trier, Liebfraukirche, memorial to WWI dead


Trier, Liebfraukirche interior

Trier, Liebfraukirche interior

This church is attached to the Dom, but is a separate church. Apparently most of the windows were blown out during the war, because the current ones are not old.


Trier, Dom, sculpture over the side chapel

Trier, Dom, sculpture over the side chapel


Trier, Dom, skeleton sculpture near a side chapel

Trier, Dom, skeleton sculpture near a side chapel

What seems unusual to me is the late date of this sculpture with the Grim Reaper, as seen from the man's 18th-century hair.


Trier, interior of the Dom, or bishop's cathedral

Trier, interior of the Dom, or bishop's cathedral


Trier, Dom, or Bishop's cathedral church

Trier, Dom, or Bishop's cathedral church

The scene in front of the Dom when I was there was very much like the medieval fairs that were once held there, with children trying new games (this one is a child's version of bungee cords) and booths selling all kinds of handmade things, food and flowers.


Trier, Hauptmarkt niche with Mary and baby Jesus

Trier, Hauptmarkt niche with Mary and baby Jesus


Trier, Hauptmarkt fountain

Trier, Hauptmarkt fountain


Trier, Saint Gangolf church altar

Trier, Saint Gangolf church altar


Trier, Saint Gangolf, sculpture of Jesus taken down from the cross

Trier, Saint Gangolf, sculpture of Jesus taken down from the cross


Trier, Saint Gangolf church, ceiling of side chapel

Trier, Saint Gangolf church, ceiling of side chapel


Trier, Saint Gangolf church, ceiling

Trier, Saint Gangolf church, ceiling


Trier, Saint Gangolf church, interior

Trier, Saint Gangolf church, interior


Trier, main market square entrance to St Gangolf's church

Trier, main market square entrance to St Gangolf's church


Trier, tower of St Gangolf church

Trier, tower of St Gangolf church


Trier, corner building at the Hauptmarkt

Trier, corner building at the Hauptmarkt


Trier, near the Frankish Tower

Trier, near the Frankish Tower


Trier, the main market square

Trier, the main market square


Trier, Germany: the Frankish tower

Trier, Germany: the Frankish tower


The Zeil, the main pedestrian downtown of Frankfurt

The Zeil, the main pedestrian downtown of Frankfurt


Backwards Euro at Willy-Brandt-Platz, HQ of European Central Bank, Frankfurt

Backwards Euro at Willy-Brandt-Platz, HQ of European Central Bank, Frankfurt


Römerplatz, Frankfurt

Römerplatz, Frankfurt

These authentic-looking buildings are actually reconstructions of the original buildings that were destroyed by American and British bombers during World War II.


Römerplatz, Frankfurt

Römerplatz, Frankfurt

On the left is the city's historical museum; on the right is the city's oldest restaurant. Frankfurt is full of these odd contrasts. The ugly concrete buildings in Frankfurt are mostly built in places where bombs fell.


Römerplatz in Frankfurt's old city

Römerplatz in Frankfurt's old city


Bicycle ramp for the Eiserner Steg, a pedestrian bridge across the Main River in Frankfurt

Bicycle ramp for the Eiserner Steg, a pedestrian bridge across the Main River in Frankfurt


Elevator for the pedestrian bridge over the Main River

Elevator for the pedestrian bridge over the Main River


View toward the old city of Frankfurt from the Eiserner Steg pedestrian bridge

View toward the old city of Frankfurt from the Eiserner Steg pedestrian bridge

At Christmastime, the Christmas market begins here.


Riverboats on the Main River in Frankfurt

Riverboats on the Main River in Frankfurt

The first riverboat is named after Goethe, Frankfurt's favorite son. The boats take people on short Rhine cruises-- the Main runs into the Rhine not far from Frankfurt.


Frankfurt riverbank, facing south from the Eiserner Steg pedestrian bridge

Frankfurt riverbank, facing south from the Eiserner Steg pedestrian bridge

The church in the photo was one of the first in Europe to switch its allegiance to the Protestant faith. On the riverbank you can see an inscription that says "WM 2006." This means "Weltmeisterschaft 2006," or 2006 World Championship Soccer, which Frankfurt is hosting. All along the riverbank on the south, there is a lot of construction in preparation for the games this summer.


Sunset over the river Main, Frankfurt

Sunset over the river Main, Frankfurt

Both sides of the river are lined by pedestrian walkways with cafes here and there. On the south side, there are about a dozen museums in a row, each with its own cafe. On Saturdays, there is a big fleamarket on the road above the river. It's a very pleasant place.


Sir Norman Foster's beautiful building for Commerzbank

Sir Norman Foster's beautiful building for Commerzbank

This building is so beautiful at night that I looked up the architect! It makes the whole Frankfurt skyline more sophisticated and newer architects have raised their standards to compete with it. Supposedly it has gardens spiraling up inside. In the evening it is lit up in green or yellow.


Frankfurt am Main, looking northeast across the river Main

Frankfurt am Main, looking northeast across the river Main


Statue in the garden of Liebig Haus, Frankfurt

Statue in the garden of Liebig Haus, Frankfurt


Liebig Haus garden, Frankfurt am Main

Liebig Haus garden, Frankfurt am Main

Liebig Haus, on the south bank of the river, is a wild fantasy of architecture that is now a sculpture museum, with an old-fashioned cafe and a quiet walled garden.


The garden of Liebig Haus, sculpture museum, Frankfurt

The garden of Liebig Haus, sculpture museum, Frankfurt


Frankfurt, old house

Frankfurt, old house


Frankfurt, old house

Frankfurt, old house


Frankfurt, old building

Frankfurt, old building

Before World War II, Frankfurt had the largest, best-preserved old center city in Germany. But after the war it lay in ruins. This is one of the old houses in a neighborhood in Sachsenhausen that survived mostly by chance.


Goethe Cafe at the Frankfurt Airport

Goethe Cafe at the Frankfurt Airport

Goethe was born in Frankfurt and the Frankfurters are very proud of him. I think he would be more popular in other countries if anyone knew how to pronounce his name. I thought it was Go-EETH for years....


Moose and Big Dipper in elegant moldings at Haparanda, Sweden, Stadshotell

Moose and Big Dipper in elegant moldings at Haparanda, Sweden, Stadshotell


Finnair flies in the snow

Finnair flies in the snow


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