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It was late afternoon and cloudy at Idstein. There was a slight drizzle, but the Alstadt was refreshing and the colours were fascinating. The open area that is also the market place early in the day, was now almost vacant. But I liked the cobblestone designs and the glow and hue that came with the slanting sunlight and the clouds ....
Idstein is a small town of about 25,000 inhabitants in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany. The beautiful town has a well preserved historical Altstadt (Old Town) and it is a part of the Deutsche Fachwerkstraße (German Timber-Frame Road), connecting towns with fine fachwerk buildings and houses.

The German Timber-Frame Road (German: Deutsche Fachwerkstraße) is a German tourist route leading from the river Elbe in the north to Lake Constance in the south. Along the road you can find nearly 100 cities and towns with remarkable timber-framed houses. It is divided into seven sections, leading through the following states of Germany: Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Hesse, Thuringia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The total length is nearly 3,000 km

The Architecture : Timber framing (German: Fachwerk, literally "framework"), or half-timbering, also called in North America "post-and-beam" construction and is the method of creating structures using heavy squared off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs (larger versions of the mortise and tenon joints in furniture). It is commonplace in large barns. The methodology comes from making things out of logs and tree trunks without modern high tech saws to cut lumber from the starting material stock. Using axes, adzes and draw knives, hand powered auger drill bits (bit and brace), and laborious woodworking, artisans or farmers could gradually assemble a building capable of bearing heavy weight without excessive use of interior space given over to vertical support posts.

Idstein, which had its first documentary mention in 1102 as Etichenstein, was granted town and market rights in 1287 by Rudolph of Habsburg. Besides the Hexenturm near the old Nassau castle that has already been mentioned, the town has a mediaeval town centre with many timber-frame buildings. The town's oldest preserved house was originally built in 1410.

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  • Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 278 W: 37 N: 570] (2255)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-06-03
  • Categories: Nature, Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-08-30 11:02
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