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Koblenz, Germany - attractions, pictures

 

The city of Koblenz is located in the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine. Actually, the name of the city comes from the distorted Latin "merging".

 

 Koblenz Embankment

Embankment

 

Of interest, of course, is the old city (very compact) and the remains of the fortress on the other shore.
For the most part, Koblenz is a convenient starting point for traveling through the Moselle and the Rhine. These are very popular tourist routes. Stunning nature, almost every village own castle, the famous Moselle wine - swim and rejoice.

 

 Koblenz Church of the Heart of Jesus

Church of the Heart of Jesus
Herz-Jesu-Kirche (XX century)

 

Returning to the architectural sights of Koblenz - oddly enough, the most impressive among the many churches of the old city, is the new Church of the Heart of Jesus. In general, this is quite understandable. Construction was completed at the beginning of the XX century - the most flourishing of united Germany. A massive building in the late Romanesque style, but with elements typical of the local Gothic - a material embodiment of the spirit of the Empire. Whether it was built in the German Corner, next to the statue of the Emperor, it would be possible to burst with imperial pride, even if you are not German. :)

 

 Koblenz. Old City

Old City

 

In fact, the spirit of Koblenz, of course in the old town. It must be said that everything is very carefully restored there, but at the same time there is no feeling of falsehood. Well, it's just that the owners must maintain the house in which they live - repair, tint. Here they are engaged in this last five hundred years.

 

 Koblenz Church of Our Lady

Church of Our Lady
Liebfrauenkirche (XII-XV century)
 

 

The Church of Our Lady, despite the variegated design - one of the oldest in the city. It looks, frankly, strange. The Gothic towers are decorated with baroque onions, so they have a bright red-and-white nave attached to them. From such a color's riot, in principle, it is understandable - like many large churches, the church was built several centuries. A red and white coloring - this is the brand colors of Koblenz.

 

 Koblenz Old fortress

Old fortress
Alte Burg (XIII century)
 

 

The old fortress is also painted in the same way. Once it was really a fortress - enclosed by a wall and surrounded by a moat. Until now, only the central building has survived. By the way, the fortress was erected on the remains of existing buildings, for example, in the lower part of the house there are clearly visible remains of Roman brickwork.

 

 Koblenz Burresheimer House

Burresheimer House
Bürresheimer Hof  (XVII century)
 

 

However, not everyone in Koblenz painted their dwellings in cheerful colors. :) This family of Burresheimers did not become this, and theirs is not the oldest house in the city, it just looks like a model of medieval civil architecture.

 

 Koblenz Church of St. Florin

Church of St. Florin
Florinskirche  (XII-XVI century)
 

 

The Church of St. Florin is another elegant church, but here everything looks quite organic. Even the interior is made in the same style.

 

 Koblenz Merchant Guild

Merchant Guild
Krämerzunfthaus (XVIII century)

 

Merchants of the city of Koblenz did not become trifling and draw in red on white, but simply, without any frills, painted their residence in bright colors. :) Looks, in fact, very beautiful.

 

 Koblenz Church of the Jesuits

Church of the Jesuits
Jesuitenkirche (XVII century)

 

The Jesuit church was destroyed during the Second World War and then rebuilt. The original here is only a portal.

 

 Koblenz Basilica of Saint Castor

Basilica of Saint Castor
Basilika Sankt Kastor  (IX -XV century)

 

The basilica of St. Castor is by far the most significant building in Koblenz. Not because its construction began already in the IX century - it is clear that in the appearance of the present temple from those times there was almost nothing left.

 

 Koblenz Basilica of Saint Castor

Basilica of Saint Castor 
Basilika Sankt Kastor  (IX -XV century)

 

Here, in 843 the sons of Charlemagne, was reached an agreement on the partition of the Frankish Empire into three parts (in modern terms - to France, Germany and Italy), which, in fact, determined the ways for the further development of Europe. The treaty was then signed in Verdun.

 

 Koblenz The Baudouin Bridge
The Baudouin Bridge
Balduinbrücke  (XIV -XV century)
 

 

The Baudouin Bridge is another surviving civilian medieval structure. In those days he was exactly on the border of the city. Baudouin is the bishop, under which the bridge began to be built.

 

 Koblenz Old house of commerce
Old house of commerce 
Altes Kaufhaus (XV -XVIII century)
 
 Koblenz House of Schofen - Judiciary

House of Schofen - Judiciary
Schöffenhaus (XVI century)

 

The buildings of the Trading House and the Shoffen's house, unfortunately, also suffered very badly during the war and were restored almost from scratch.

 

 Koblenz Residence of the Teutonic Order

Residence of the Teutonic Order
Deutschordenskommende Koblenz (XIII century)

 

Just like the residence of the Teutonic Order. Previously, it was a whole complex of buildings and all of them were destroyed by bombing. By the name of the residence, the place of the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine, where it was, began to be called the Teutonic (and later German) Corner.

 

 Koblenz German Corner

German Corner
Deutsches Eck

 

In order that, at the end of the XIX century to establish in this corner a huge equestrian statue of Emperor Wilhelm I, it was necessary to extend the angle with an artificial embankment. The present statue is newly-made, installed in place of the destroyed during the war.

 

 Koblenz German Corner

German Corner
Deutsches Eck

 

On the other side of the river there is another attraction of Koblenz - the Citadel.

 

 Koblenz Citadel

Citadel
Festung

There goes the cable car, but I honestly did not attract. Fortifications, though built on the remains of the old fortress, are mostly typical fortifications of the 19th-20th centuries.

 

 Koblenz Citadel

Citadel
Festung 

 

So I looked at Koblenz at a cheerful pace for half a day and drove on. In general, I liked what I saw. A very beautiful, original city, for a good one it would be necessary to allocate a full day. And maybe two.

 

 

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