Photographer's Note

New modern buildings just right behind the limits to the old Schnoor quarter on the Marterburg street.
They build a strong contrast to the small and thin houses of the 15th/16th century.


Schnoor Quarter

Narrow alleyways, little houses from the 15th/16th Century and a huge church: The Schnoor quarter is the oldest and most interesting quarter of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.
The line of houses (low german = "Schnoor") and in between the lofty St.-Johannis church are the living past of the old Hanseatic Bremen that has disapeared anywhere between the department stores and office blocks.

The Schnoor quarter has been over centuries a quarter where mariner and boatmen lived, but with the Franciscan monks also craftsmen and trader settled in this quarter. The BALGE - a creek of the river Weser - originally flowed straight through the Schnoor quarter. Along the Balge banks besides boatmen and fischer also bath houses had their income. In the 19th century the Balge creek was filled-up in order to gain new building land. The street called "Hinter der Balge" (behind the Balge) still follows the old creek route.

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