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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.
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121 comments

Andy Rodker said:

Does the area have a problem with earthquakes?
;o)
2 weeks ago

Xata, stargazing... replied to Andy Rodker:

LOL!!!!
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Claudia G said:

Superbe cadrage et couleurs ! Belle architecture bancale ! -))
2 weeks ago ( translate )

Tacheles said:

Scheef & krom. ;)
2 weeks ago ( translate )

Xata, stargazing... said:

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...
2 weeks ago

Nouchetdu38 said:

Amazing and gorgeous house!
2 weeks ago

Philippe Collard said:

superbe.
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Madeleine Defawes said:

Very beautiful pictures in the blue sky !
Have a nice week
2 weeks ago

Jean said:

Beautiful old houses and so colourful.
2 weeks ago

J. Gafarot said:

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.
2 weeks ago

Ko Hummel said:

Mooi beeld van dit Fachwerkhaus.
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tatranka7 said:

Wonderful detail and architecture...
2 weeks ago

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

The main picture is so beautiful Jaap. I love this architecture. The PiP's are stunning also.
2 weeks ago

Annemarie said:

how so so beautiful this colors and the pic

Happy new week:)
2 weeks ago

LuDoViC said:

Quelle belle architecture originale avec toutes ses couleurs.
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