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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).

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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.

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Down some steps beside the retaining walls holding up the Domplatz area, with an intriguing translucent shadow.

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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.

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Further on, a glimpse back at one of the Dom's spires.

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The deep, almost blocky relief in the gable here is quite whimsical.

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A shy lamp cloaks itself in greenery.

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One story two stories three stories.

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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.

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Some interestingly highly modular windows and window-boxes.

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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.

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A clearer view of the Obere Pfarre.

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To the left of the Obere Pfarre's apse is a bit of a view over to the Stephanskirche, with its distinctive rounded pediment.

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Up the ramp parallel to the street.

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The day did not lack for sun. It was pretty much ideal weather for tourizing.

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A statue, a smokestack, and some spires (of the Dom).

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Various multiples of elements.

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A subtle panoply of stone colors.