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Hohenzollern Building

Hohenzollern Building
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Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2806 W: 84 N: 6959] (31631)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-03-01
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-03-03 7:39
Viewed: 4920
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Many visitors to Namibia (formerly, German South West Africa - Deutsch-Südwestafrika) are struck by the German influence apparent in names, food and architecture. This is seen, most particularly, in Swakopmund; an attractive coastal town. Here one can enjoy a meal of Eisbein mit Bratkartoffeln und Sauerkraut accompanied by Weissbier and follow it up with a stroll around the town centre looking at the architecture while letting the meal digest!

Swakopmund was founded two years later than Windhoek, in 1892, by Captain Curt von Francois as the main harbour of German South West Africa. Increased traffic between Germany and its colony necessitated the establishment of a port as Walvis Bay, located 33 kilometres south, was already in British possession. Swakopmund was suitable and had the advantage of the availability of fresh water.
As Swakopmund developed prefabricated buildings were replaced by more permanent structures, many of which recall the styles fashionable in the Germany of the time.

The building you see here was the first hotel in the town. Urban legend insists that it was a brothel and gambling most certainly took place here and to such an extent that the Hotel License was revoked by the Magistrate!

The ornate style of the Hohenzollern Building (1906), is neo-baroque, unique in architectural designs in Namibia. It contains Renaissance bays, gables and balconies and the ornaments were produced by Croatian builders initially drafted for the construction of the Otavi railway line.

The Atlas figure on the top of the front of the building bears the world on his shoulders, in line with Greek mythology. Other female figures pertaining to the same belief can be found elsewhere in the structure as well as ornate angels, lions and masks.

The original part of the Hohenzollern Building, Swakopmund was officially proclaimed a national monument on 15th June 1983.

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This photograph is copyright of Rosemary Walden - © Rosemary Walden 2015. All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of the image in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with my express written permission, copy, reproduce, download, distribute or exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system

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  • snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10649 W: 63 N: 29870] (130965)
  • [2015-03-03 7:53]

Hello Rosmeary,
This is indeed an attractive and elegant building worthy of any corner site. Beautifully captured under a clear blue sky in this perfectly exposed image. Superb colours and clarity and fine rendering of that wonderful architectural detail. Thanks for sharing, unfortunately I have no smilies left for today:-(

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6302 W: 274 N: 12542] (95548)
  • [2015-03-03 8:02]

Hello Rosemary ,
This is a stunning architecture in Africa . But as you explain , Namibia has a special german influence .
Partially in the back light , you have very well captured this beautiful building , simply but effectively framed .

Hello Rosemary,
This fine building seems to have been very lovingly restored, or maybe carefully kept in a perfect shape all through the years. From this distance it looks as good as new. It is also a very carefully taken photo with excellently managed light and fine colours. What I find most amazing is that you managed to upload it. I have been trying off and on for an hour but the site seems totally dead. This photo is a sign of life.
Kind regards,

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11641 W: 123 N: 29576] (139254)
  • [2015-03-03 8:24]

Hi Rosemary,
It for me funny to go somewhere far away and to see European influence, Melbourne as "European" city, or Buenos Aires as Paris of South America. And I went to Africa to feel in Swakopmund like in our Sopot on Balticum. The jetties are very similar, and as well the architecture. Indeed, Swakopmund looks like German city, with the names of the streets and Apfelstrudel.
Anyway, it is a beautiful building with fine colours and decorations. Very attractive composition.

WArm regrads MAlgo

Hello Rosemary!
Very beautiful building!
Very attractive architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6037 W: 94 N: 9901] (56657)
  • [2015-03-03 8:46]

Hello Rosemary,
Very elegant building in very untical light for the architectural style. Fine colors and ornaments.
Thanks and regards,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11603 W: 163 N: 19507] (142723)
  • [2015-03-03 9:03]

Witaj Rosemary!
Very curious building.
I like frame and colors.
Good frame and perspective.
Well done.
Good evening

Hello dear Rosemary and have a nice
here we have a wonderful building taken
from a particular point of view
simply but effectively framed
your notes are really useful
in my opinion it is a very beautiful
buiding with worty details and colors

Hi Rosemary,
I visited Swakopmund back in 1998, but have pretty much forgotten such magnificient buildings. Very richly detailed, and indeed German. Certainly makes me wonder how the life was in the harbour town of Swakopmund those days.

Hello Rosemary,
This is very beautiful architecture and you took this building from the best angle. It looks well maintained and newly painted.
Apart from the Atlas figure we also find a row of dancers above the entrance.
I can understand that some visitors are surprised to find this kind of architecture in Africa. Also on the picture it looks very extraordinary with the palmtree and under the blue sky.
Excellent clear and sharp presentation.
Best regards, Paul

Hi Rosemary, excellent photograph of this beautiful and interesting building, very well captured in this image with good pov to embrace the whole, good sharpness, depth, nice light, color and quality. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and happy week.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

Hi Rosemary,
Interesting architecture style, well framed from a perfect POV to give symetry at your photo, nice light and sunny weather.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13512 W: 125 N: 24156] (121047)
  • [2015-03-03 13:38]

Hi Rosemary,the architechture of this bulding born as an hotel is absolutely beautiful and lovely! I think unique,very elegant,painted with pastel colors and very well preserved.Truly an interesting post,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Rosemary,
The building seems to have gone through many transformations (hotel, whore- and gambling house...) and has a lot of history behind it as well as a lovely colonial German flavour. Fine capture of this attractive building, nicely detailed and enhanced by the glorious light. You have portrayed this beautifully with a well considered frontal perspective to show it off to best advantage. Good sharp exposure and a very well framed shot. Your note is informative and interesting. Well done.

Ciao Rosemary
una foto molto recente, con una bellissima luce per mettere in evidenza questa splendida architettura.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4871 W: 2 N: 8908] (42736)
  • [2015-03-03 15:16]

Hello Rosemary,
nice view of wonderful detail.Interesting architecture.Good framing, clarity and sharpness. Very well composition, lovely presentation.
Interesting notes.

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 749 W: 131 N: 1192] (8081)
  • [2015-03-03 20:45]

Hello Rosemary
Beautiful building, fine architecture.
Only the palm tree indicates that it is not Central Europe.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15529 W: 0 N: 16878] (188510)
  • [2015-03-04 5:04]


Cette statue au sommet de l'édiffice avec l'homme portant la boule quelle iamge ce ciel limpide et quelle architecture quel rendu dans le tons la pureté totale splendide vue.
Bravo et amitié

Bonjour Rosemary

J'aime vraiment le point de vue choisit pour cette composition. Il permet de voir et d'apprcier toute l'ampleur de cette superbe maison sur le coin de la rue. J'apprcie la jolie saturation des couleurs.



Modern style of German colonial architecture, Rosemary.
An immaculate photojob done, showing the edifice details in most dixtinct way and with contrast.
Strong daylight managed beautifully with the F29 apeture.
My cong.'s,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4209 W: 0 N: 9976] (68021)
  • [2015-03-04 8:58]

What a beautiful photo and a beautiful architecture with decorative details, we can see really the influence of German/European design, great clear photo
regards Ryszard

Ciao Rosemary, great view of fantastic building, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful pastel colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Rosemary,
Besides the beautiful building, great notes!



Hi Rosemary
Bel angle de prise, une architecture qui ne manque pas d'interet tant dans les détails et les couleurs rehausser par une très belle lumiere
Belle soiree

Hi Rosemary,
I like the colours of Swakopmund, and this building looks pristine, especially against the gorgeous blue sky. I like the corner viewpoint and the detail that you have captured in the architecture.
Excellent record of this building.
Kind Regards, Ann

Howdy Rosemary,

Interesting image of the over a century old classical European style hotel, with a blend of Romanesque and Georgian architecture, especially the temple like facades and arches, expanded upon on the top floor. And appearing fit and neat even today.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Rosemary,

grea shot! Your capture is clean and the composition of architecture, colors and shadows is really nice!

Good work!

Dear Rosemary

Where have you been, I miss you and your gorgeous photos? As you write, the first thing that strikes me is how incongruous this architecture is with the landscape. It would be At home in the tyrol or bavaria! Wonderful colours and contrasts and a superb handling Of that strong glary sunlight. Accompanied with a fascinating note, this is an excellent contribution to TE.


Hello Rosemary,

I came across this wonderful shot of the Hohenzollern Building posted last March. Technically the photo is perfect, displaying the best of two-point perspective (where the lines of perspective, "orthogonals," converge on two vanishing points on the horizon line. It's a sharp photo, colorful... and exotic in my world.

You have not been sharing your photos lately. I hope all is well, and you will come back from your sabbatical.


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