Monday, December 14, 2009

Old Meets New

One of the things that struck James as rather unique about Mainz, Germany, is the melding of old and new architecture due to the extensive damage the city suffered in WWII. The city, which is 2,000 years old, was hit by 30 air strikes and lost 80 percent of the town center. The sequence of pictures above takes you from the old side of town to the new section, where the buildings, although completely modern and brutal, match the scale of the older part of town. As buildings from two eras stand side by side, it becomes a perfect microcosm of German architecture.

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