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A beautiful old Street in the historic District of Lübeck


I went through the historic District of Lübeck a few Days ago as I mentioned. I went through that Street on the Photo and didn´t thought anything as those Streets are not really special for me, because I can see them everyday if I like. However, one Moment later I thought “Stop! People from other Places might find it interesting.”. I then took a Photo because it is indeed interesting if you dont see it too often.

I really wanted to show you this Street. It is typical Brick Gothic Architecture. Thats at least how we call these type of Buildings in the historic District of Lübeck. As often, I added a bit of contrast to highlight the darker Colors of the Photo, as I love that Look. I slightly increased the Red Tone and slightly decreased the Saturation. I also decreased the Gamma Value as I thought the Photo was too bright.

I think I like that Photo here now but I am a little bit unhappy with the Sunshine on the Photo. That happens to me often. Thats why I am just a Photography Beginner. 😀 It´s sometimes really sad if there is no other way then shooting directly in the Direction of the Sun. I would not like to wait for a better Moment. However, it´s still good for a Photo which I took with a Smartphone Camera (Sony Xperia P). What do you think?


  1. Amazing what Smartphone cameras can do now! Is the street paved with old ballast from ships? It looks similar to the cobbled streets of Old San Juan which used that bluish stone ballast as the cobblestones. ~ Kat

    • Yes it´s awesome what phones can do now. It´s funny due to the fact that I bought a 100 dollar digital camera which is somewhat obsolet now, months before I bought a smartphone. I have the impression that the sony smartphone camera is way better. Great because I have the phone always with me. 🙂

      About your question.. that is so much interesting! I never thought about that it could be ship ballast. I asked google for San Juan Street Photos and you are right… the stones look indeed very similar!

      I then asked google for details about the street called “Kolk” on my photo above. I know there is a Church near the Street called “Petrikirche” but after asking google I found out that there were several Brick Factorys in Lübeck since anno 1358 and later. And it looks like they were there to produce stones for the trave river channel sidewalls and ground in lübeck, for the architecture, all the churches in lübeck and for ship ballast! 😀

      On another website I then found out that there was a brick factory called “St. Petri Ziegelei” which sounds similar to the church “St. Petrikirche” which is just a few meters away from the “Kolk” Street on the Photo above. That makes me associate and nosy a lot now! That sounds like they have established several companys to create all the bricks they wanted to use for building a church, river channel, ship ballast or street stones and so on.

      That was all just fast reading now but makes me so nosy to read more the next hours. Sometimes you think you know already a lot about your citys history but then you notice there is so much more history to learn! Thank you Kat.

      I also now found out that they found Lübeck Bricks in Masonries in the City Skagen of Denmark. Looks like there was more brick trading to other places as well and often with the see route over rivers and the baltic sea. Much room for association now….

      After this fast reading I really have to find out more. Because I do wonder why our city today is not highlighting this kind of history. I mean everyone here in our city knows and learns in school that Lübeck was the Mother of the Hanseatic League and a trading empire. However they often do rather mention today that Lübeck was known for trading a lot of salt, wood, charcoal and other wood products, bitumen, cloth, foodstuff and many things more.. but I cant remember that they teached us about the brick production and trading. After reading in the internet, it looks like this was a big part of Lübecks history as well. That is new to me but on the other hand pretty logical do to the fact that Lübeck is known for the Gothic Brick Architecture. But I always thought they have imported a lot of the stone products. I really cant remember that they teached us about the brick production in school. 🙂

      You came up with a cool Question Kat 🙂

        • True. History is interesting and very inspiring. Let me see if I can sort all this to a historical correct blogpost someday. Until then I will read a bit more and take more photos of Lübeck and other subjects 🙂

        • I look forward to it. Nice thing about blogging — sometimes we learn about these interesting things close to our homes that we overlook while living there, but if we go visit somewhere as a tourist, we find it fascinating! Reminds us to “visit” our own home cities and areas where we live once in awhile. Thanks, dennis.

        • Yes sometimes we forget that our own town has to offer a lot too. Blogging and photography and the blogging community which is inspiring, makes us discover this again. When I started the blog here I just did it because general boredom. But now it sometimes really gives me more then just coming over my boredom. I think there is a bigger sence behind blogging. It opens our eye´s again and we get more aware of things around us. Also I do love the communitcation and things other bloggers can show me from their places 🙂 That all is like learning but without the feeling of headache. It´s more like playing.. discovering 🙂

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