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Germany - Idstein

Germany - Idstein
Idstein is nestled in the soft rolling hills of the Taunus Mountains. The city - granted city and market rights in 1287 by King Rudolph of Habsburg - dates back at least to the year of 1102, when the name first appeared in a court document, involving Udalrich and Konrad von Etichestein.

Count Udalrich was succeeded in Idstein by the counts of Laurenburg, relatives of the archbishop of Mainz, who gave Idstein castle to them. From the middle of the 12th century, the Laurenburg family named themselves after the castle of Nassau. During this period the city became attached to Nassau and remained so until 1866.

Besides the former castle complex and the beautiful Union Church
( www.ipernity.com/doc/294067/47426278 ) Idstein has a mediaeval town centre (Altstadt) with about 200 timber framed buildings. The oldest remaining house (Obergasse 2) was originally built around 1410. Many of the houses date from the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

The two main squares - König-Adolf-Platz (PiP 1) and Marktplatz - and nearby streets are lined with numerous timber framed houses (PiP 3 and 4 ). The most magnificent and richly decorated house is the Killingerhaus (PiP 2, the central house ), built in 1615 by town clerk Johann Conrad Killing. Another remarkable building is the Crooked House (main picture). This Schiefes Haus was built in 1725 as a four storey house.

Idstein is part of the German Timber-Frame Road (Deutsche Fachwerkstraße), connecting towns with timber framed buildings.

Colette NoËl, E. Adam Galehr, Shmoo, John Bezosky Jr. and 136 other people have particularly liked this photo

131 comments - The latest ones
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Does the area have a problem with earthquakes?
11 months ago.
Xata club has replied to Andy Rodker club
11 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Superbe cadrage et couleurs ! Belle architecture bancale ! -))
11 months ago.
Tacheles club
Scheef & krom. ;)
11 months ago.
Xata club
Beautifully preserved houses, and very interesting information. Old houses are often not horizontal any more, they were constructed leaning one in the other so if one mouved because of unstable soil underneath or was rebuilt it affected the others stability...
11 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Amazing and gorgeous house!
11 months ago.
 Philippe Collard
Philippe Collard club
11 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Very beautiful pictures in the blue sky !
Have a nice week
11 months ago.
Jean club
Beautiful old houses and so colourful.
11 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Jaap, it is so good we can think that it was purpose made to illustrate the past in some very factual and purpose made live scenario.
Lovely colors, delicate harmony and rhythm in all PIPs.
Outstanding note, thank you.
11 months ago.
 Ko Hummel
Ko Hummel club
Mooi beeld van dit Fachwerkhaus.
11 months ago.
Wonderful detail and architecture...
11 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
The main picture is so beautiful Jaap. I love this architecture. The PiP's are stunning also.
11 months ago.
Annemarie club
how so so beautiful this colors and the pic

Happy new week:)
11 months ago.
LuDoViC club
Quelle belle architecture originale avec toutes ses couleurs.
11 months ago.
 Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca club
Magnifiques maisons anciennes avec leur splendide architecture... Belle série d'images et historique d'un grand intérêt
11 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOWWWWWWW, marvelous facades, Jaap !! They are all very beautiful !! I adore these old timered hourses !!!!!!!!!!!!
11 months ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Seher sehr schön Jaap!Schöne Haus Aufnahmen ,umrahmt mit schönen PIP!
11 months ago.
 Max Wenger
Max Wenger club
Supérbe facade avec ces magnifiques couleurs
11 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
La façade n'est pas bien droite ?
Belles couleurs !
11 months ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
de merveilleuses façades artistiquement réalisées*******************
belle semaine Jaap !
11 months ago.
 Aschi "Freestone"
Aschi "Freestone" club
what facades worth seeing, there is still craftsmanship behind them
11 months ago.
J.Garcia club
I like very much!!!
Thanks for the text and for sharing, Jaap
11 months ago. Edited 11 months ago.
 Franco Timpanaro
Franco Timpanaro
Architettura bella ed interessante
11 months ago.
Léopold club
Comme dans un conte de Fée.
11 months ago.
 © Montse;-))
© Montse;-))
Nice shot!!!!
11 months ago.
 Pat Del
Pat Del club
Une décoration de façade particulièrement originale ! Merci de la présenter, Jaap !
11 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome shot and PIPs!
11 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Masterpieces of half-timbered architecture. Great photos, Jaap!
11 months ago.
RHH club
That is quite a house, Jaap, and beautifully photographed.
11 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
11 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
what a beautiful place and shots, i also was wondering in this timbrer framed facades , if the lines of decoration means something or just is the style of decoration¡¡
11 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club has replied to Mario Vargas club
11 months ago.
 Anto & Pier
Anto & Pier
Beautiful photo,architecture,colors.
Greetings from Italia, Anto & Pier
11 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Tolle Fassade, Jaao !
11 months ago.
 Christo Iliev
Christo Iliev
Très intéressant !
11 months ago.
 Silvio Francesco Zincolini
Silvio Francesco Zin…
Composizione molto bella e colori fantastici !!!
11 months ago.
What a fantastic house!
11 months ago.
Pat29 club
Amazing looking building jaap
11 months ago.
crisbou club
Beautiful photos, just around the corner!
11 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
A wonderful series of images of the amazing architecture together with the detailed information Jaap.

Best regards, Doug
11 months ago.
 Citoyen du Monde
Citoyen du Monde
très bel effet !!
11 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Absolument magnifique et les PIPs sont fabuleuses ++++++
Bonne semaine.
11 months ago.
 Françoise Legeard
Françoise Legeard club
11 months ago.
Zulma club
WOW!! amazing series my friend.
11 months ago.
Adele club
Stunning architecture photo. Pips are terrific, too!
11 months ago.
11 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
The house in the main image is just fascinating. I'm still trying to work out if the lopsidedness is real or an optical illusion caused by the blue geometrical shapes painted on the frontage!

Either way, you've captured it in stunning colour and detail Jaap..!! The images in the PiPs are also very nicely captured..........and as always, we have a well researched narrative.
11 months ago.
cammino club
Tolles Fachwerk-Ensemble!
11 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu club
Fantastique architecture!!
11 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A fantastic find and shot Jaap.
11 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belles photos avec notes et couleurs. Nicole.
11 months ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Très belles façades typiques !!
11 months ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
Very, very good photograph, Jaap ! *******
11 months ago.
gezginruh club
Stunning colours and wonderful details!!
And as always, great informations!
Thank you for this nice sharing!

Best wishes
11 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A wonderful building repainting it must take ages, thank you for the information Jaap
11 months ago.
 Nathalie D
Nathalie D
Superbe !!
11 months ago.
Wow! very impressive!
11 months ago.
trester88 club
Klasse Serie mit historischen Gebäuden, Jaap! Ich liebe solche schiefen Häuser.
11 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
schitterende architectuur, een beetje shots en scheef :))
11 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club has replied to Wierd Folkersma club
De waterpas was nog niet uitgevonden ....
11 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Thanks Jaap. I love blue house, mis-sharpen by the centuries....it is fabulous!
11 months ago.
 Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Great series of architectural studies! Particularly love the Crooked House !!!
11 months ago.
 Dick M
Dick M
Good shot. The building looks fragile.
11 months ago.
 Pachelbel Canon
Pachelbel Canon club
Interesting lines and colors. It has given me a headache.
11 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
WaOuhhhhhhhhhhhh encore une fois magnifique cette photo
11 months ago.
k.e.s_kloset club
Wow. What an interesting place!
11 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club has replied to k.e.s_kloset club
For sure it is.
11 months ago.
 Riet Van Vliet
Riet Van Vliet club
Mooi plaatje, inderdaad nog geen waterpas bij de hand,maar het heeft wel wat.!
11 months ago.
tiabunna club
Marvellous and very colourful houses and very interesting info, Jaap.
11 months ago.
Gudrun club
A beautiful set of photos! The timber framed houses have been restored very well.
11 months ago.
Eve club
Beaucoup de charme ***
11 months ago.
neira-Dan club
quelles riches façades !! la 1ere est étonnante
11 months ago.
 Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU… club
a little mesmerizing the first one, all excellent !
11 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Great capture Jaap, are the inside level?
11 months ago.
RHH club
Congratulations on Explore.
11 months ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
11 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Good information there Jaap'... and brilliant pip's../... 'Idstein' sure looks a fascinating place for a visit.. / .. I took a look around on Google Earth'... but no 'street view' images as yet.
Cheers from Dave.
11 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Schönes Titelfoto und PiPs. Schöne Fassaden und kräftige tolle Farben!
11 months ago.
 Karin Garcia
Karin Garcia club
Gratulation !!!!! Gruß Karin
11 months ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
how decorative !
11 months ago.
RHH club
Thanks for the visit and comments.
11 months ago.
RHH club
Have a wonderful day.
11 months ago.
Umbrella club
Herrlich dieses krumme und schiefe Miteinander!
11 months ago.
 Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger club
Nice series Jaap, like the style of these timber framed buildings, they have great character; interesting information too!
11 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Danke fürs Zeigen mit diesen hübschen Bildern, Jaap! Ich kenne in Idstein nur vom Vorbeifahren. Du zeigst, dass sich ein Abstecher lohnt.
11 months ago.
 Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion club
Fascination building and a fascinating description, Jaap. Love the colours and marvellous detail. Excellent framing.
11 months ago.
 Peggy C
Peggy C club
Photos of Architecture with Character .. all a wonderful, but this one is tops !
11 months ago.
polytropos club
Wonderful capture! And perfectly tone in tone with the sky! :-)
Maybe this facade was the giver of the idea of the computer game "Tetris" ;-)
11 months ago.
 Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
Cheryl Kelly (cher12… club
11 months ago.
 Jeanne chevillard
Jeanne chevillard club
Très très belles photos !!!!!
11 months ago.
Daniela club
Vous êtes un excellent photographe, Jaap ***
11 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
These houses are fabulous, the first one is funny but I like very much that of the PIP 2. Thank you for the very interesting explanations
11 months ago. Edited 11 months ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Die Farben sind perfekt auf den Himmel abgestimmt. Damals konnte man noch in menschlichen Proportionen bauen.
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Good work :-))
11 months ago.
Esther club
What a breathtaking town. I love the unevenness of the building.
11 months ago.
Danielle club
11 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Superb image Jaap. A beautiful building. Love the PIPs too, especially PIP2.
11 months ago.
Jenasis44 club
What a wonderful place and great history:-)
11 months ago.
 Rudy Bernardus
Rudy Bernardus
heel mooi en byzonder
11 months ago.

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