This is my photo from short trip to Kętrzyn. Very nice small city with so rich history.
The original inhabitants of the region were the Balt tribe of the Aesti, mentioned by Tacitus in his. Germania (AD 98). The town, known in German as Rastenburg and in Polish as Rastembork, was established in 1329 in the Monastic state of the Teutonic Knights and was granted town rights in 1357 by Henning Schindekop.
Rastenburg and the surrounding district was the scene of the First World War's first and second battles of the Masurian Lakes. During the Second World War Adolf Hitler's wartime military headquarters, the Wolfsschanze (Wolf's Lair), was located in the forest east of Rastenburg. The bunker was the setting for the failed 20 July plot against Hitler. In 1945 the area suffered devastation from both the retreating Germans and advancing Russians during the Vistula-Oder campaign. Some ruins of the Wolfsschanze remain. The town itself served as a Wehrmacht garrison town until it was occupied by the Red Army in 1945.
After the war, it was taken over by Poland, as provided for by the Potsdam Conference. Its surviving German residents who had not evacuated were subsequently expelled westward and replaced with Poles. The town was renamed Rastembork in 1945, and in 1950 to Kętrzyn after the Kashubian historian and activist Wojciech Kętrzyński.
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jemaflor (100085) 2013-08-16 11:38
A nice photo well composed, good choice for the vertical format et well balanced with te tower on a focal point of the vew, nice light capture and perfect tones.
cornejo (44635) 2013-08-16 11:55
Hello Serghei, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition of an interesting place, very well captured in this lovely image with good clarity and quality. Very good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
macjake (70515) 2013-08-16 12:54
Now thats like a postcard type of view! Absolutely vivid colors and the town looks to be as charming as any other top notch town.
Its a place i'd want to walk around in with my camera at the ready :)
Comes through smartly.
Gigidusud (21191) 2013-08-16 14:46
Great composition with nice architecture and good vertical format. Well done!
Have a nice week-end.
jcpix (13930) 2013-08-16 20:28
Love the title! Very interesting notes, it's always fun to learn about things and places that you just can't quite pull from the picture itself. This would certainly take on a more modern flare, but knowing the history, we're able to see it in a different light. None the less, it's a pleasing look at this particular section of town, and the clouds help to fill the blue sky with some contrast and shape. Nice colors and detail displayed. Have a great weekend....and Rock On indeed!! ;)
emka (102531) 2013-08-17 0:01
Pleasant view from Kętrzyn. Have you visited also the Wolfsschanze?
it looks nice and clean, well composed picture.
We met yesterday with Leszek for a small photo session (with my tripod!!). The green Trabant is still where it was but the sign no photography is perhaps stolen.
Graal (103036) 2013-08-17 1:10
ladna widokowka z Ketrzyna. Fine vertical composition. I like the tower of church. Good informations and photo-work.
Have a nice WE.
limielski (0) 2013-08-17 4:05
First I thought this photo was taken in german town but it's Kętrzyn in Poland.
Good POV, colours (maybe building on the right side are a little inclined but it doesn't changer the fact that it's superb shot. I like it very much.
Noel_Byrne (32512) 2013-08-17 6:01
Beautiful city, so much color, and under such beautiful light it looks really great. A long and fascinating history by your note also!
All the best
Sergiom (84371) 2013-08-17 6:09
Un très beau cadrage vertical de cette très belle ville sous une lumière spectaculaire qui fait ressortir les couleurs oranges des toits. Une belle saturation des couleurs.
mesutilgim (96260) 2013-08-17 12:39
Wonderfull capturr with perfect pov and very nice bright colors.
Good TE enrty with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-08-19 7:44
From what I can see it looks like this is a beautiful and artistic little city. Nice capture of the spires of this building. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.