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May 25: Bamberg – Domplatz 2

On the way back toward the river, I swung by the Domplatz again just because.

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I'm getting some wicked déjà vu here.

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Still happening. Except now it feels kind of like an airport by moonlight.

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The complex completing the edge of the Domplatz, to the southwest, is the Alte Hofhaltung, the residence of the bishops prior to the Neue Residenz, full of charming half-timbered buildings. The palace of Holy Roman Emperor Henry II was, surprisingly, located on the same site in the 11th century. Here, the entrance to the Hofhaltung's courtyard from the Domplatz.

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The west side of the Hofhaltung, with some staging set up.

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...some MAJOR staging. Also: Dom over Hofhaltung.

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Looming half-timbers.

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A lovely covered way, seeming to lead to a courtyard to the north, judging by the sun direction, but I can't quite locate it. I think it's a little further west from the Hofhaltung.

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A narrow view of the Dom between the Hofhaltung buildings.

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Straight-arrow shot over to the north transept.

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A tenacious little area of grasses.

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Here an exterior look at the apse of the cathedral.

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The spire painstakingly buffered by sky on all sides from the Alte Hofhaltung and the north transept of the Dom.

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Wow now that is a serious number of columns!

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Looking out over the river past the Dom and the Hofhaltung.

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I happened upon this doorway with what appeared to be a glass bridge just beyond...

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...and it was this partial (I think) glass enclosure in another corner of the Hofhaltung, here with the Dom spires peeking over. At the moment I can't quite recall from the photos or memory the precise configuration of the glazing or why it was there.

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Those slices on the wall appear to maybe be braces for the walls, tied to some sort of tensile structural members inside, though maybe that's way off. If you know what they are, please chime in.

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This is one of my favorite shots from the trip, one of the few that I remember pretty easily without looking at it for a long time. It's another ol' roof silhouette composition, but I particularly like the balance of figure and ground shapes here. This is looking west through the gap between the Dom and the Hofhaltung.

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An intriguingly irregular chunk of the Alte Hofhaltung right next to the Dom.

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The fine rhythm of the Neue Residenz. Check out those sweet chimneys at the roof ridges!

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Just to bring things back to human scale: a mini-shed nestled next to the Dom.

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Wu-Tang Clan Striated stone textures comin' atcha!

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Quite the patinas on these stones.

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The shadows deepening down Karolinenstraße. The vertical shadow on the yellow house appears to be from a spire of the Dom.

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A last look back up Karolinenstraße, with the end of the Neue Residenz just visible.

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Another luge. The irregularity of the wall planes and window openings on both sides is quite pleasing, as is that one bright red guy straight ahead.