Canal, Bruges

Bruges — Qual du Pont de la Clef
Publisher: Enrest Thill

Google Street View.

Sleutelbrug (Key Bridge)
Music lovers, go and visit this ancient bridge dating as far back as the year 1331. The ‘key’ in the name does not refer to the treble clef, but to the 15th-century brewery ‘De Sleutels’ (The Keys). This was located more or less where the hotel ‘Monsieur Ernest’ now is. However, it is the Speelmanskapel (Minstrels Guild’s Chapel) that plays first fiddle here. ‘Speelman’ is another word for minstrel or medieval musician. The Bruges musicians were united in a guild and came together in this chapel, one of the city’s last preserved guild chapels. Only they, and no one else, were allowed to officiate at weddings and celebrations in Bruges. Really nice people. Smart, too. The Sleutelbrug is somewhat hidden, but still close to the lively ‘t Zand Square with the Concertgebouw, Bruges’ contemporary music temple.

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Ru aux Cailles, Troyes, France

Vue prise sur le Traversin du Pont des Cailles
Curieuse perspective de lavoirs et autres édicules d’aussi grande nécessité que les maisons riveraines tiennent suspendus sur un lit d’ean saumâtre
Publisher: Ch. Granddidier, Troyes

View down canal running behind houses, with laundries and similar structures hanging over the water. The “Rû aux Cailles” ran behind houses along Rue Célestin Philbois and under a bridge (Pont des Cailles) on Rue St Jacques, from which this photo was taken. It is now filled in.

Google Street View (approximate location).

Jülich, Germany

Kölnstraße Jülich
Published: Alex Hertz, Jülich

Google Maps (approximate).

Jülich is a town in the district of Düren, in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. As a border region between the competing powers in the Lower Rhine and Meuse areas, the town and the Duchy of Jülich played a historic role from the Middle Ages up to the 17th century.

Jülich Schwanenteich, Kreisständehaus und Kreissparkasse
Published: Alex Hertz, Jülich

Swan pond, town hall & bank

Cologne, Germany

(on back) Köln a. Rh. Panorama bei Nacht
Panoroma at Night, Cologne

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Köln a. Rh. Panorama 
Publisher: Heinrich Worringen, Cologne

Köln a. Rh. – Am Rheinufer
Publisher: Knackstedt & Nather

Google Street View (approximate).

Köln a. Rh. – Totalansicht

Google Street View.

The new bridge (pontoon) was built in 1822. In order to ensure the possibility of navigation three times a day, the middle part of the bridge was turned. In the middle of the 19th century, during the design of the Cathedral Bridge, it was decided to create a railway and street bridge, but the plans were never implemented. The cathedral bridge was erected only for railway traffic, and the pontoon bridge began to function as a street one. In 1913, the construction of a suspension bridge designed by Karl Moritz was started on the site of the pontoon bridge, which continued on for two years.