Hall in Tirol is a town in the Innsbruck-Land district of Tyrol, Austria. Located at an altitude of 574 m, about 5 km (3 mi) east of the state's capital Innsbruck in the Inn valley, it has a population of about 12,700 (Jan 2011).
Hall in the County of Tyrol was first mentioned as a salina (saltern) near Thaur castle in a 1232 deed. The current name dates back to 1256, similar to Halle, Schwäbisch Hall or Hallstatt referring to the Celtic word for salt.
Since the 13th century the salt mine at Absam in the Hall Valley north of the town formed the main industry of the town and its surroundings. The first adit was laid out in 1272 at the behest of Count Meinhard II of Tyrol, with the brine led by a 10 km (6 mi) long pipeline to the evaporation pond at Hall. The importance of the salt is also displayed in the coat of arms showing two lions holding a cask of salt. The salt was exported as far as Switzerland, the Black Forest, and the Rhine valley. In 1303 Hall became a town. The rights that went with this, as well as the business associated with trading from Hall downriver on Inn and Danube, turned it into the leading market and trading place in the northern parts of Tyrol. Its development experienced a serious setback in 1447, when big parts of the upper town area were razed by a fire. In 1477 it got the right of coinage, when the Tyrolian mint was moved from Meran to Hall. Noteworthy is the fact that in 1486 the first high-grade silver coin Taler, the precursor of the Dollar, was coined in Hall. In the 16th century the mint in Hall also introduced the first automated coining machine in the world. Today a reconstruction of this revolutionary machine can be seen in the Hall Mint Museum in the Burg Hasegg.
In the 15th and 16th century, Hall was one of the most important towns in the Habsburg Empire. This period also saw the construction of many of the churches, monasteries and convents, that up to now shape the appearance of the town. Today Hall has the biggest intact old town in the western part of Austria.
During the Habsburg Monarchy a military garrison was established in Hall. This, and the large freight train station, led to heavy bombardment during World War II, which destroyed the train station, but luckily left the old town almost unscathed.
From 1938 to 1974 the town was called Solbad Hall. However, the Solbad was dropped from the town name, a few years after the salt mining was closed in 1967.
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macjake (55614) 2013-10-07 23:45
perfect timing for me to log on, because I got to see this photo with only 1 critique left today :)
Beautiful looking scene in Austria. these small towns make for the best photos don't they. Then again, a population of 12,700 isn't that small.
love seeing the tower way in the bg popping up for attention. and of course the architecture is stunning too.
excellent lighting and overall exposure, wonderful shot
jjcordier (75684) 2013-10-07 23:52
Jolie composition et bonne lumière pour cette photo de ce charmant village tyrolien.
fabbs99 (16163) 2013-10-07 23:59
carlo62 (31488) 2013-10-08 1:31
vedo con piacere che anche i borghi del Tirolo sono rientrati nella tua gita, beato te.
Belllo questo angolo con le viuzze che vanno in direzioni opposte, una bella inquadratura che ci da l'effettivo senso del luogo.
daddo (23831) 2013-10-08 2:28
Ciao Alessandro. Lovely POV that creates great depth both sides of the house as the streets curve into the unknown. Excellent light, details and colours. That lady with the umbrella doesn't trust the weather forecast. She seems to be either a Muslim lady or a nun. Ciao. Klaudio.
lousat (75622) 2013-10-08 4:04
Ciao Ale,angolino delizioso con l'anziana signora che sembra quasi una comparsa messa li' apposta per completare la scena,quadretto bellissimo con grande qualita' come sempre.Buona giornata,Luciano
dta (65764) 2013-10-08 4:48
Ciao Alessandro ,
A picturesque corner of this town . It looks like a village ! I like the persence of the lady in the street .
Cricri (105369) 2013-10-08 6:42
L'année prochaine c'est fait j'ai réservé en Février dans la région du Tyrol, j'espère qu'il y aura de la neige!
Belle vue de ce quartier, les bâtiments entre deux rues, bonne lumière et couleurs agréable
Nicou (120504) 2013-10-08 7:40
superbe vue et ocm po du Tyrol et des alpes mervielleux, très beu village d epierre avec ces belle maisons la forme de la place et du pavage le clocher qui ressort au sommet quelle compo mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (17554) 2013-10-08 9:57
bello il paesino e gradevole la composizione che inquadra le due strade in una luce molto buona.
Ottimi i colori e ben dosato il contrasto.
Peccato soltanto a quel divieto di accesso che con la sua presenza rompe l'armonia del luogo, più che della foto.
Forse farlo sparire a colpi di Photoshop non sarebbe stata una cattiva idea.
Ciao e buona serata
dkmurphys (48484) 2013-10-08 10:27
Beautiful street scene from the narrow ways of that small village. Well taken, enjoy a calm evening.
cornejo (30706) 2013-10-08 10:45
Ciao Alessandro, eccellente fotografia di questa bella e interessante cartolina da questa città, molto ben composta e catturato in questa bella immagine con una buona nitidezza, profondità, bella luce e colore. Eccellente lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per aver condiviso questo bel lavoro.
Buon pomeriggio e felice settimana.
Tutto il meglio dal sud della Spagna.
siudzi (33083) 2013-10-08 12:58
What a charming city scene with a superb architecture as your main topic. Very well observed and executed image with superb clarity, sharpness and color management. Like it! TFS.
saxo042 (37270) 2013-10-08 13:52
A very interesting note to this very attractive street scene. You have chosen a good POV and the inclusion of people adds value to the picture.
gervaso (10105) 2013-10-08 14:58
Very nice view of this town, captured with excellent lights and colors! The POV is perfect to show it with an interesting perspective, and the inclusion of the lonely person coming down the street is good to give life to the image! Wonderful composition! Good job!
abmdsudi (42690) 2013-10-10 4:07
A charming little old town with lots of good detail taken on the brilliant weather which makes this looks so subtle, rich in colours and great overall contrast
against the grey sky. Presence of the person adds liveliness, a fine shot that exudes warmthness and tranquility. Congrats
PaulVDV (21965) 2013-10-12 1:12
You found an excellent POV to present us this view into both streets of that charming town.
The corner house looks especially beautiful with its wooden balcony on the top floor. This house has a facade in both streets and this with a clear difference in level.
At the end of the left street we get a great view of the church tower.
The shadows on the small square compensate the emptiness in the foreground.
Best regards, Paul
korbee (6617) 2013-10-13 3:51
This is exactly what i like so much about Austria,.quiet mountain-villages where almost nothing happens,specially in the early afternoon ;=],where time didnt change the architecture,this is a very good example of it.
npecanhuk (64320) 2013-10-13 6:22
Such a charming urban environment!
Such a beautiful, lovely and inviting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week,
- Copyright: ALESSANDRO MACCHI (SWEETFREEDOM) (22520)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G15
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Austria and South Bavaria
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-07 23:32
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