The Old Gate (Altpoertel) is the medieval west city gate of Speyer. One of an original total of 68 towers in the old walls and gates. Today it is one of the largest (55 metres high) and most architecturally significant of the remaining city gates in Germany.
The Old Gate was built between 1230 and 1250 on the ruins of a previous tower. The bottom of the 13th century tower remains as the foundation but, in 1511, Speyer's mayor ordered that the tower be rebuilt, so the top portion is newer. It was completed in 1514. It was originally built as an exterior gate, connecting the old town with the suburb of St.Gilgenvorstadt. A 20-metre high roof was added in 1708. (wiki)
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bema (25936) 2012-07-09 6:42
a very nice view of Altpoertel in the city of Speyer.. a town will is located about 75 km from my homevillage, locates in the palatinate forest.. on clear days one can see the towers of Speyer cathedral from up there..
a pretty one in colors and format!
thanks for sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
papagolf21 (76603) 2012-07-09 8:34
Bonjour, cher Asa,
Difficile de ne pas voir cette ancienne porte monumentale haute de 55 mètres ! Heureusement que nos aïeux nous ont laissé ce joyau architectural. La toiture ajoutée au dix-huitième siècle couronne joliment l'ensemble.
Très bon cadrage pour valoriser l'édifice.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-09 9:16
a superb photo of this imposing gate, the composition is attractive, the colours and lights are beautiful. Great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
dta (51480) 2012-07-09 9:25
Hello Asa ,
A fine presentaion of this impresive and beautiful tower . The use of the filter provides some darkness to the picture , but I like the effect .
williewhistler (7299) 2012-07-09 10:16
Hello Asa , the imposing tower is nicely silhouetted against a most interesting sky.The details are sharp and clear in a well chosen format.
PaulVDV (15017) 2012-07-09 13:28
Impossible that someone arriving from the west wouldn't find the entrance gate to the town :)
The Altpoertel is a real landmark. Look how it rises above the roofs of the houses.
Good presentation of the architectural details and a beautiful sky as a great background.
Best regards, Paul
ifege (9448) 2012-07-09 14:15
A very impressive old gate - well taken with a good POV and good colour.
jacquest (14176) 2012-07-09 15:33
This is a well chosen POV to present this tower. The colors are well saturated and the sky gives a special background. The distance to the tower gives deepness and the sharpness is very good.
lousat (57704) 2012-07-09 15:38
Hi Asa,what a spectacular architechture you show us today! I never seen before this old gate and it's a great spectacle,perfect choice of point of view,details,light and colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
pierrefonds (48369) 2012-07-09 18:34
The street is leading my eye toward the gate which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the Old Gate. The late afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
Sonata11 (28375) 2012-07-09 20:09
wonderful composition and fantastic vertical format of beautiful old gate architecture. Color, sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF wonderfully manage. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
emka (58194) 2012-07-09 23:54
Hi Asa, beautiful old gate, I have heard only about the cathedral in Speyer, it looks really impressive, nice presentation.
jhm (122474) 2012-07-10 2:54
Nice view with the Altpoertel as subject.
The tower clock is the most real eye catcher on these picture, exactly a golden clock.
What a nice gate, you create depth and perspective.
Also lovely colors and pleasant clouds to the sky
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ourania (12427) 2012-07-10 3:34
a splendid presentation of the antique gate, its surroundings and the daily life around it. The space in the vertical frame has been managed superbly, there's great sense of depth, perspective and height and the picture is very elegant. Lighting is excellent, colours deliciously natural and vivid. The architecture and the details we can easily observe are wonderful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good day,
lgir (6215) 2012-07-10 7:38
color and contrast are at the top for highlight this old gate.
delpeoples (45006) 2012-07-12 5:28
What a beautiful old gate, its architectural details are exquisite. The deep colours are also very attractive, although look a little dark on my monitor. You chose the vertical frame well and the clouds in the sky are wonderful.
Schnappilic (7929) 2012-07-13 12:44
I like the impressive old gate with beautiful architecture. I think that your picture is a little underexposed. The sky looks so good.
All the best,
raszid62 (18212) 2012-07-13 15:15
A great photograph shows a beautiful gateway to the beautiful medieval city. Gate fits beautifully colored with a delicate sky. I was there once, in 1993.
Silvio1953 (98217) 2012-07-14 16:07
Ciao Asa, great POV on fantastic tower, lovely composition with beautiful sky, excellent perspective, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
gunbud (34052) 2012-07-22 17:19
Splendid vertical presentation of this beautiful 13th century tower.
The lovely blue sky wispy coud background is ideal for this scene.
Palm trees in Germany really grab the eye and lead it to your lovely architecture.
batalay (32864) 2012-08-16 21:04
What an imposing tower, complemented by a succinct but informative note. The clock itself is impressive, and evocative of a number of Northern Renaissance clocks.
Didi (48934) 2012-10-02 11:01
Interesting view on this nice gate.
The lights are not strong
- Copyright: Asa Jernigan (asajernigan) (19669)
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- Date Taken: 2011-07-06
- Categories: Architecture
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- Date Submitted: 2012-07-09 6:26