I took this shot in the small town of Ilawa. This is the building of local municipal power. Very nice architecture, isn't it?
The town was founded in Prussia in 1305 and is documented in a manuscript by Luther von Braunschweig in 1317. It was built on the Eylenz (Iławka) River between Lakes Geserich (Jeziorak) and Eylenz (Iławskie). This location makes it a popular vacation area. The town was under the jurisdiction of the komtur of Christburg (Dzierzgoń) and since 1340 under Osterode (Ostróda). In 1457 it was sold to King Casimir IV Jagiellon of Poland during the Thirteen Years' War between the cities of Prussia and the Teutonic Order. With the aid of Ulrich von Kinsberg the city was able to regain its independence from Poland.
As Deutsch Eylau, the town became part of the Duchy of Prussia in 1525 and the Kingdom of Prussia in 1701. Administered within the new province of West Prussia in 1773, it became part of the German Empire in 1871.
In 1862 the Oberland Canal (Elbląg Canal) was built between Elbing (Elbląg) and Eylau by engineer Georg Steenke, which enabled the inland town to transport bulk of lumber, farm products, and other goods north to Elbing and the Baltic Sea. This was superseded ten years later by rail transport, when the Thorn (Toruń)-Insterburg (Chernyakhovsk) railway line was constructed.
Following the Treaty of Versailles, this part of Prussia remained in Germany, as in the East Prussian plebiscite on being a part of Poland or Germany an overwhelming majority of votes was cast in favor of the latter option. It became part of Regierungsbezirk West Prussia in the Province of East Prussia.
As a result of the Potsdam Conference following World War II, Eylau was placed under Polish administration in 1945 and since then remains as part of Poland. Its former German population was expelled and replaced with Poles, many themselves expellees from Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union.
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Sergiom (39336) 2012-09-07 7:19
J'aime bien ce point de vue quoique la barrière jaune me dérange un peu. L'image est bien cadrée et symétrique et le ciel est de toute beauté.
npecanhuk (53919) 2012-09-07 7:39
Very beautiful building indeed!
Truly interesting and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
rbellemare (2087) 2012-09-07 8:02
Very nice architecture indeed. I like your composition that show us this building from a nice POV. The blue sky is beautiful and contrast well with the colours of the building. The only restriction I have with your photo is that the sun is coming from the back creating shadow in front of the building.
Have a nice day.
cornejo (18130) 2012-09-07 9:54
Serghei Hello, very nice picture of this beautiful and interesting building, very good picture, clear, deep, with good light and color. Very good and nice job well done my friend. Congratulations. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes.
jhm (122490) 2012-09-08 0:39
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
You took a wonderful picture of this splendid building.
Excellent perspective and depth image.
Sharpness and colors are perfect.
Very well detailed image. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
COSTANTINO (42746) 2012-09-08 0:53
Very beautiful architecture composizion,
very nice POV,Excellent perspective
and perfect colors ,
siamesa (27449) 2012-09-08 14:37
Boa noite Serghei
Spectacular architecture. Very beautiful building. The colors are nice and attractives.
emka (58224) 2012-09-08 23:45
So it is Ilawa. I went nearby by a train many times but I have never been there. Looks nice. Superb postcard, they should buy it from you. excellent composition, nice pastel colours, superb sharpness.
krzychu30 (8935) 2012-09-09 4:36
the architecture of this building is beautiful.The image together with well explained historical background of it makes a successful integrity.
I like the perspective and angle you used here to capture this scene.Even the yellow safety fence integrates well with the rest of composition and makes nice,visible contrast.The iamge has superb clarity,sharpness and beautiful,well-saturated colors.
Have a nice sunday
ikeharel (37424) 2012-09-11 7:38
Agreed on the assumption about this architecture's beauty, and taken well from POV to show it's full wide facade.
It has nice clean outlines, fine pink and orange tone.
Yet, not in an exaggerated manner.
eldancer1 (17106) 2012-09-15 9:08
Indeed! Beautiful and ornate architecture nicely captured with good lighting and dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
s_lush (15592) 2012-09-20 12:39
Меня тоже восхищает эта архитектура, но не удивляет то, что такое красивое здание построено в маленьком городке. Самые красивые дворцы из тех, что видел на юге Польши, расположены в маленьком Луньцуте и небольшой Неполомице. Здание на твоем снимке тоже впечатляет, и снято отлично. Очень хорошая работа!
fritzi007 (7580) 2012-10-12 14:00
wirklich ene nette Architektur und sehr gute Information, dazu passt auch das Wetter, GRATULATION vielmals!
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