Last weekend we went on our first trip out into the beautiful landscape of Sächsische Schweiz, Germany.
We went to a lovely town called Stolpen - not exactly where we planned to go, but very much worth seeing nonetheless.
|Main square in Stolpen|
Aside from being a really pretty town with very lovely roofs (I like a good roof), it turns out to be important in geological terms as well. Specifically, basalt. According to the sign on this memorial to basalt, Stolpen is where basalt was given its name, by Agricola in 1546. And, moreover, the basalt of Stolpen provides the bar against which all basalt worldwide is measured.
And having pondered long and hard on the significance of basalt, I kept on seeing its distinctive polygonal patterns everywhere; paving slabs, fences, tiles... and of course in buildings, since in Stolpen basalt is one of the most important building materials.
|Burg Stolpen: built in, and on, basalt|
|A Rapunzel-style tower (albeit with doors and windows) in Burg Stolpen|
|The font, featuring a dove on the lid.|
|A limed (?) tower - Burg Stolpen|
|View from Burg Stolpen|
|eyelid-windows in Burg Stolpen|
|Another interesting roof|