May 25: Bamberg – to Obere Pfarre
Next I emerged back out into the sun and headed on over to the side of a hill just to the south of the Dom, Kaulberg, and visited two churches in close proximity: the Obere Pfarre ("Upper Parish" Church) and the Karmelitenkirche (Carmelite Church).
Check out the lights on the left side of the roof. I think they're illuminating the Dom. This is back out in the Domplatz.
Down some steps beside the retaining walls holding up the Domplatz area, with an intriguing translucent shadow.
At a secluded intersection (the corner of Vorderer Bach and Hinterer Bach) the road was cut open. It's pretty neat to be able to see a cross-section through the cobbles. I'm also rather captivated by the rounded peak of the gable in the pinkish house at the end of the street — it's a detail I don't remembering seeing much at all elsewhere.
Further on, a glimpse back at one of the Dom's spires.
The deep, almost blocky relief in the gable here is quite whimsical.
A shy lamp cloaks itself in greenery.
One story two stories three stories.
This sculpture in the little Pfahlplatz (Pfahl means stake or post, I wonder why the square is called this) is kind of like if you amputated the crown of a musclewood tree or melted Bird in Space. In the background is the Obere Pfarre.
Some interestingly highly modular windows and window-boxes.
Now this building is curious. Its façade makes it look much like a church, but what actually is it? Well, it is indeed a former church, and in turn built on the site of a former synagogue.
A clearer view of the Obere Pfarre.
To the left of the Obere Pfarre's apse is a bit of a view over to the Stephanskirche, with its distinctive rounded pediment.
Up the ramp parallel to the street.
The day did not lack for sun. It was pretty much ideal weather for tourizing.
A statue, a smokestack, and some spires (of the Dom).
Various multiples of elements.
A subtle panoply of stone colors.