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March 26, 2019

Fascinating Photos Capture Street Scenes of Leipzig in the Early 1980s

Leipzig is the most populous city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. It is Germany's tenth most populous city and located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) southwest of Berlin at the confluence of the White Elster, Pleiße and Parthe rivers at the southern end of the North German Plain.

Leipzig has been a trade city since at least the time of the Holy Roman Empire. The city sits at the intersection of the Via Regia and the Via Imperii, two important medieval trade routes. Leipzig was once one of the major European centers of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing.

Leipzig in the early 1980s

Leipzig became a major urban center within the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) after the Second World War, but its cultural and economic importance declined. It has long been a major center for music, both classical as well as modern "dark alternative music" or darkwave genres. The Oper Leipzig is one of the most prominent opera houses in Germany, the third oldest opera venue in Europe after La Fenice (Venice, Italy) and the Hamburg State Opera (Hamburg, Germany)

Since the reunification of Germany, Leipzig has undergone significant change with the restoration of some historical buildings, the demolition of others, and the development of a modern transport infrastructure.

These fascinating photos were taken by Erhard K. that show street scenes of Leipzig from 1981 to 1984.

Johanna Park, 1981

Augustusplatz (previously Karl-Marx-Platz), 1982

Augustusplatz (previously Karl-Marx-Platz), 1982

Augustusplatz (previously Karl-Marx-Platz), 1982

Augustusplatz (previously Karl-Marx-Platz), 1982

At the Connewitzer cross, 1984

Augustusplatz (previously Karl-Marx-Platz), 1984

Augustusplatz (previously Karl-Marx-Platz), 1984

Augustusplatz (previously Karl-Marx-Platz), 1984

Battle Monument, 1984

Battle Monument, 1984

Brühl, 1984

Consumer department store (right), 1984

Evangelically Reformed Church and Central Station, Tröndlinring, 1984

Federal Administrative Court, 1984

Federal Administrative Court, 1984

Gohlis, 1984

Gohlis, 1984

Gohlis, 1984

Gohlis, 1984

Gohlis, Gohliser Schlösschen, 1984

Gohlis, Otto-Adam-Straße, 1984

Gohlis, Virchow-Lützowstraße, 1984

Gohlis, Virchowstraße, 1984

Gohlis, Virchowstraße, 1984

Gohlis, Virchowstraße, 1984

Grimmaische Straße, 1984

Hainstraße, 1984

Hainstraße, 1984

Hainstraße, 1984

Hotel Astoria, 1984

Hotel International (2nd house from the left), 1984

Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße - Martin-Luther-Ring, 1984

Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße, 1984

Leipzig Central Station, 1984

Leipzig Central Station, 1984

Leipzig Central Station, 1984

Leipzig Central Station, 1984

Leipzig Central Station, 1984

Leipzig Central Station, 1984

Leipzig Zoo, 1984

Leipzig Zoological Garden, 1984

Near Waldplatz, 1984

New Town Hall, 1984

New Town Hall, 1984

New Town Hall, Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße, 1984

Old Stock Exchange, Naschmarkt, 1984

Old Town Hall, Markt, 1984

Old Town Hall, Markt, 1984

Opera House, Augustusplatz, before Karl-Marx-Platz, 1984

Romanushaus, 1984

Sachsenplatz, 1984

Sachsenplatz, 1984

St. Nicholas Church, 1984

St. Thomas Church, 1984

Tröndlinring, 1984

Tröndlinring, 1984

Tröndlinring, 1984

Tröndlinring, 1984

Tröndlinring, 1984




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