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Mittwoch, 7. Dezember 2011

Impressions from a fascinating CERTAIN city - a visit to Marburg

 Last weekend I met with Drui for some crafting and some sightseeing:-) in a fascinating city. Marburg, situated in the North of Hessen, certainly is a craftsman´s, artisan´s and philosopher´s paradise. I arrived Friday afternoon and threw my pack on the floor at Drui´s. It was some chatting and then it was off to a scientific archaelogical research report at Marburg University, and it took place in the most astounding chamber I had ever heard a lecture in: The old, medieval part of Marburg University, situated in the upper part of the city. Topic was the uncovering of another grave at the "Heuneburg", an archaelogical site dating back to Celtic times, and quite certainly a crucial find for dating and terming Celtic archaeology. Fascinating. And even on our way we came across a myriad of ancient architectural highlights. 
 A textbook "green man" masonry piece. The "green man" was said to be a charm to ward off demons, grant prosperity and fertility to a house. Interesting enough, we are talking about a Christian iconography!
 A portal carving, supposedly ancient and lovingly restored oak. Maybe a local folk tale?
 Forgework. This is ancient. You can tell it by the way the iron is split and forged and also by the structure of the iron, which supposedly is wrought iron.
 This is a chart of ancient potters. the potters´ guild was strong in Marburg since the dark ages, and there is a certain brand of pottery typical of the city, painted and glazed brown with handmade décor, as you can see in that chart´s design. Each potter´s trademark décor can be seen there.
 Door without words.
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 :-) students, tut tut tut:-)...
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 Towards the Chrismas Fair!

 Decoration on a former guild´s house. This is a blacksmith´s guild sign.
 And some blacksmith´s work, eh?:-)
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 The masks were meant to fend off Evil.
A view of the castle from the lower city.
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Private Moonvirgin ready for mission Bratwürst and mulled wine...

The old theological faculty...
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Gargoyle Special air squad ready for mission:-).

Oi there, she look at me;-)...
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A bit early, but yap, that´s a wish...;-)
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A bad pic of the moon over ancient ruins...
An artisan´s house with guild figure "God bless the arts", the inscription says.

It was a fascinating stay with one of the best friends I ever had and supposedly ever will have, with crafting, chatting, making mischief, drinking, having fun, being sad, working together, listening to quality music and walking through a fascinating city, learning and discussing and simply living.

And yap, life is good.

Kommentare:

  1. That looks like a interesting place. I particularly like the Green Man stone carving. I am pleased you had a good time too.

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  2. The Green Man is one of my favourites, too.
    Perhaps I´ll make myself one in wood...;-)

    It certainly is a city with a vibrating life to it, thanks to the university and all the alternatively living folks around. Lots of musicians, too. You see them quite often, making music at the corners of the streets or passing by with their instrument cases shouldered.

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Now go on, discuss and rant and push my ego;-). As long as it´s a respectful message, every comment is welcome!

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