Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hanseatic Architecture

This early-20th-Century building, in central Hamburg, is a typical example of traditional Hanseatic architecture, still in use in Hamburg. Inspiration from The Baroque Era remains conspicuous in Hanseatic architecture, as is demonstrated in this handsome yet utilitarian structure.

From what we were able to ascertain, the building was originally constructed to serve, at least in part, as a firehouse. An insurance concern now occupies the building.

Hamburg is my favorite European city, probably because it was the first European city Andrew and I visited together. Our two weeks in Hamburg were delightful.

No other city in Europe features such a remarkable blend of fine buildings from the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries as does Hamburg.

I could live in Hamburg—and I hope we go back some day.

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