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Hannover's New Town Hall

Every city has its landmarks and Hannover, of course, is no exception.  These next few days while I'm here, I will show you some of them.

Hannover's Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) was built between 1901 and 1913.  It's always referred to as 'new' because the old one from the 15th century is still standing in the City Center.

There are two main trivia facts about this structure that stand out for me:

    1.  The ground was too marshy to support it, so 6,026 beech piles had to be rammed into the ground to provide a firm foundation.
    2.  On its official opening, 20 June 1913, the town clerk was able to report proudly to Kaiser William II, "All paid for in cash, Your Majesty!"




Hannover's New Town Hall

Every city has its landmarks and Hannover, of course, is no exception.  These next few days while I'm here, I will show you some of them.

Hannover's Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) was built between 1901 and 1913.  It's always referred to as 'new' because the old one from the 15th century is still standing in the City Center.

There are two main trivia facts about this structure that stand out for me:

    1.  The ground was too marshy to support it, so 6,026 beech piles had to be rammed into the ground to provide a firm foundation.
    2.  On its official opening, 20 June 1913, the town clerk was able to report proudly to Kaiser William II, "All paid for in cash, Your Majesty!"




comments (20)

nice shot and I should add nice 101,
nice colors here ! it's a good shot for Hannover it makes me want to go there smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Dafredo. I was lucky to get the shot on one of our only sunny days here in January last trip. It really is a lovely structure and there are paths and benches all around the water to take it all in.
These colors are lovely and very crisp, Ginnie! I also like the weeping willow on the right. Is the weather this nice over there now?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martin. So far this trip it has been a wintry gray. I took this pic on January 15, last trip, when we had that rare cold but sunny day. You take them when you get them, right?!
  • Clint
  • 1 Feb 2007, 03:10
Well done. A little history always makes a picture better (in my opinion). Look forward to some more scenery from Hannover, because it will be a while (read years) before I have the resources to make it over there.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment, Clint. I don't think most people even here in Germany would think of Hannover as a significant city to visit, though it IS known for it's CeBIT expo every spring (world's largest computer expo). I, however, have found many magnificent show-n-tell things in Hannover the last 2 years. I love it here. So you can see it through my eyes till you can make it on your own. smile
quelles couleurs délicieuses!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, O-P!
Its the red roof again..stunning
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, E Etomi. Germany definitely has it's red roofs!
  • dotun
  • 1 Feb 2007, 06:50
this should definately be framed, good work Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Dotun. Thanks.
Picture postcard perfect and a bit of local knowledge as well, top shot.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, David. Thanks a million.
you could sell it as a jigsaw puzzle, nice one.
Ginnie Hart: Funny you should say that, Chantal. I often look at pics and think, "That would make a great jigsaw puzzle!" Thank you kindly.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 1 Feb 2007, 11:34
I agree that it's beautiful and should be made into a puzzle! I like the anecdotes too.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, dear sister!
Great details !!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Nicolas!!!
Wow - Ginnie! Talk about an awesome photo. The colors are incredible. I love the angle and the reflection too! Looks like I'm not the only one who feels that way either. Congrats on such a beautiful shot.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, dear ET. That means a lot coming from you.
I know that! I know that! grin
Beautifully captured, the light, the colours. Love it!
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. So you know Hannover, Julischka! How often do you get here, I wonder? So many questions, so little time! Wait till you see it at night tomorrow. They added new outside lights in December! Anyway, thanks a million. Glad you like it. smile
I don't know whose idea it was to choose that greenish color for copulas, but it looks amazing every time! In this one, you have captured the building in all its majesty, and the contrast with the red roofs is beautiful. I cannot wait to learn more from your city!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Samira. I think you're gonna really like it tomorrow! smile I'm so glad you're glad to learn about this city. I love it here and am thrilled for the opportunity to be here almost half of the year!
  • Louis
  • 1 Feb 2007, 19:06
A beautiful building and an excellent capture. Looks like a nice place to take a walk.
Ginnie Hart: A very nice place for a walk, Louis, yes. Thanks for your comment.
You have captured the "proud" building in a good way. Like the trivia that follows the pic. I was thinking maybe you should crop out the brances on top rright side, but then you would have destroyed the beautiful tree - so it is a good decision to keep it this way smile
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Aksel, I've gone back-n-forth on cloning out those righthand branches. It could be easily done. I may still go back and do it some day. I decided to leave them in as a frame for where I was standing. Thanks for your comment.
That is a great shot, looks like your happy being back across the pond. My wife said if it does become a jiggsaw puzzle she wants to be the first one to buy it.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, Johnny. Tell your wife that she just made my day!!! Tell her to look at tomorrow's pic, tho', because she might want it instead. smile
  • chris p
  • the sunny Isle of Wight!
  • 1 Feb 2007, 22:36
Lovely image Ginnie, well done smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chris.
  • Ellie
  • 2 Feb 2007, 23:14
That's nice! Lovely colours, beautiful detail.

(compared with the nest picture ... I can't say I 'prefer' either, because they are both very good pictures, and also each has a completely different feel/atmosphere. .. and I like the willow in both of them wink )
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Ellie. Thanks. Now that I'm looking at this again, I see I CAN crop in closer on the right and still keep in the willow tree. OK, then.
Very nice architecture ! Like the lights ! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Zeb. smile
ohh wow, nice image and i think taken at pretty much the same time of the day grin
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Ayush. I love that someone else here on SC has been at this same spot. smile

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