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First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin....

Many of you will recognise the Leonard Cohen song title. I haven't taken Manhattan yet but give me time. Looking at a map Berlin seems to have only a few centres of interest, but it is deceptive. Moving out in a kilometre or two radius from Alexanderplatz are lots of little hidden enclaves. Take the area around the old St Nicholas church for instance. This was the small beginnings of Berlin in the 13th century where a village was established by the river. One or two buildings have been recreated in the medieval style to reflect this. There are two major events that impacted on the people living here in the last 70 years The first one relates to the fact that in the area once lived the main Jewish population of Berlin, which was deported during the war to concentration camps and never returned. The other one relates to the splitting of Berlin into two cities, when the Communists built the Berlin wall. One of the enclaves in the old Jewish quarter was a series of buildings with interlocking courtyards and this has been gentrified by new owners, and turned into a tourist destination. Right next door to these courtyards are another yard which contains the Anne Frank Museum as well as a museum to the brush factory owner Otto Weidt who was a Schindler figure who managed to employ blind and deaf Jews during the early years of the War, and was responsible for hiding others and buying food on the black market to help many of them survive. For a while the alleyway was the place to see new graffiti art, but things change and there is always a new place for the artists to do their thing popping up. My next blog will show some of the graffiti at the East Side Gallery. It is the last kilometre and a bit of the Berlin Wall left standing, and in the years around the fall of the wall artists were invited to paint sections of the wall. Stupid adolescent tagging has desecrated many of the artworks, but there are still enough to make it a tourist hotspot, and I walked along it on a 35 degree day to capture what I could....

Look Clara, it's uncle Fritz...

Look Clara, it's uncle Fritz...


The St. George, looks like a good place for lunch

The St. George, looks like a good place for lunch


well cover by the church

well cover by the church


momma bear

momma bear


poor little orphans

poor little orphans


old bears retirement home

old bears retirement home


St Nicholas the oldest church in Berlin 1220

St Nicholas the oldest church in Berlin 1220


chapel added 1452

chapel added 1452


As seen from the river

As seen from the river


The best ever St George and the dragon

The best ever St George and the dragon


the action seems frozen in time

the action seems frozen in time


and it's one scary dragon

and it's one scary dragon


turn around from the statue to this sight

turn around from the statue to this sight


have no idea which street i was on

have no idea which street i was on


one of my 'being lost' finds

one of my 'being lost' finds


complex of interlinked courtyards

complex of interlinked courtyards


in an art nouveau style

in an art nouveau style


full of artisan shops and cafes

full of artisan shops and cafes


another buddy bear

another buddy bear


and one more

and one more


Alexanderplatz is full of stalls and stages

Alexanderplatz is full of stalls and stages


New Synagogue 1866 rebuilt after reunification

New Synagogue 1866 rebuilt after reunification


Seats 3000 people

Seats 3000 people


Holds services and is a museum

Holds services and is a museum


In the Anne Frank museum courtyard

In the Anne Frank museum courtyard


are other small museums

are other small museums


and some graffiti art

and some graffiti art


like baaalice in wonderland

like baaalice in wonderland


and peek a boo

and peek a boo


graffiti overlaying graffiti

graffiti overlaying graffiti


outside the berlin museum rooms

outside the berlin museum rooms


beautiful iconic art

beautiful iconic art

Posted by astrix7 17:00 Archived in Germany

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