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Stairway to Heaven by beyondtheglimpse

At one of the Kontor houses in Hamburg. When I asked the porter if I could take shots inside of the building, he just nodded in a mildly bored fashion as if to say “ah, another one”. Knowing how many came there before, I was trying to find a different angle.

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The Hops Exchange, Southwark, London by tmrother

Beer was and is an important part of English life. This is clear, when you see this impressive curved Hops Exchange building in Southwark. It is elegant from outside and inside. Designed by R.H. Moore (not Royal Highness) in 1867, it served the brewing industry. It’s glass roof provide natural light on the tiled trading floor. There were also similar grand buildings in London for Coal, Metal and Stock Exchanges, but WWII bombings, fires and ignorance left only the Hops Exchange and Leather Exchange still standing today. Paradoxically the Hops Exchange never really took of and by 1903 major tenant was J. Lyons -a wine company, which moved out in 1972. Today the offices are rented out to various boring businesses such as real estate and recruiting with the exception of Katzenjammers – a German style Bierkeller.

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What a tile work! Elephant and Castle, Newington by tmrother

On this plaza in south London the entries to the tube (subway) feature a different tile design in each of the entrances at this busy intersection. The colourful tile work was designed by London College of Communication students in the early 1990’s. Murals by David Bratby covers the inside of the tunnels, below the roundabout ‘Elephant and Castle’.
There was a talk of replacing/ demolishing these tunnels in 2012, but they were still there in 2014.

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Escala d’Honor – Ajuntament de Barcelona by neobit

The Staircase of Honour

This staircase leads from the ground floor vestibule to the Gothic Gallery and the “Saló de Cent”. On the way up we find the city coat of arms in stone which was originally located at the old Gate of St. Antoni. Two tapestries “of the Councillors” depict the protection provided by the “Consell de Cent” to the citycrafts such as glassmaking: and foreign trade.

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L’escala Negra – Ajuntament de Barcelona by neobit

The Black Staircase

So named because of the colour of the marble used to build it. At the top of it is a sculpture by Josep Viladomat, named La bona acolida and a large mural by Miquel Viladrich (1930). The mural depicts people dressed in the traditional costumes of the different areas of Catalonia, typical products from the country and the symbols alluding to the poem Canigó by Jacint Verdaguer, to folk songs and to other motifs associated with Catalonia and its traditions.

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Ajuntament de Barcelona by neobit

The Barcelona City Hall is perhaps one of the best known buildings in Barcelona because it is the seat of the City Government, but it is also a testimonial of life in the city, and this is possibly its lesser known aspect.
Located in an area where, since the founding of the city at the end of the first century B.C., the first Barcelonese discussed municipal matters in Latin; it was not until the 14th century that the Councillors again chose this site to build a house for their meetings and to decide in Catalan and with complete autonomy, the future of the city.
From medieval times to the present, this Institution has undergone changes and modifications that have affected the city and its citizens. Changes which have been reflected in the building itself. For this reason, the “Casa de la Ciutat” has become a brief compendium of Barcelona’s history and a museum exhibiting within its walls the works of artists of different ages.

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