TAKRAF cranes in Rostock

Cranes at the city harbour of Rostock, Germany

Do cranes own personality? I asked myself this question while strolling around the city harbour of Rostock. There, I found two port cranes nicely coloured blue and yellow. They saw their completion in a GDR combine named TAKRAF in 1960.

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Commandantenhus Stralsund

Coat of arms on the Commandantenhus in Stralsund

The Commandantenhus was built as the administrative seat of the Swedish garrison commander in the years 1748-1751. Together with other historical buildings, it adorns the Alte Markt (Old Market Square) of Stralsund. A striking allusion to its former function is the large coat of arms in its gable field. [German]

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St. Nicholas Church in Stralsund

St. Nicholas Church in Stralsund

While cruising the Strela Sound with a snug sailing boat, I took this photo of the Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) in Stralsund. The church offers not only two different towers but also an astronomical clock. The clock dates back to the 14th century and is considered the oldest one of its kind in the Baltic Sea area

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Manhole cover in Schwerin

Manhole cover in Schwerin, Germany

Schwerin is the capital city (LANDESHAUPTSTADT) of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The manhole covers in Schwerin show the city arms in the version of 1991. The depicted knight represents Henry the Lion (Heinrich der Löwe). The conspicuous flag in his hand is a gonfalon. [German]

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Manhole cover in Rostock

Manhole cover in Rostock, Germany

The manhole covers in Rostock display the city arms. The coat of arms dating back to 1367 depicts a golden gryphon of a blue field (representing the former princes of Rostock). Bars of silver and red represent the colours of the Hanseatic League. As a member of the Hanseatic League, the city is named Hansestadt Rostock. [German]

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