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Industrial heritage

In the seventies, authorities that were involved in town planning and development shared the same view: if it's old, take it down. So when it came to industrial buildings, the best solution was deemed to blow things up and start anew.

Tuna factory

In Sicily, catching and processing tuna was a main source of employment and income. That's another way of saying it was big business: every self-respecting town had a 'tonnara'. Amongst other things because of regulations, one after the other had to close down. Nearly all of the buildings except for Marzamemi are now derelict.

--- 16 Oct 2017, Avola (I) 👁 monochrome ---

Diused tuna factory at Avola in Sicily

Military facility

This 42 hectare big terrain, the Hembrug terrain, used to be a 'secret' military spot with a weapon and munition factory. Now it is one of the more modern industrial culture spots in Zaandam.

--- 16 July 2017, Zaanstad ---

Hembrug military facilities

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From 1890 the Dutch government built a large factory and testing facilities here to manufacture weapons, munition, army tools and gas masks. There are over 100 old buildings, of which 51 classified as a monument.

--- 17 July 2017, Zaanstad ---

Hembrug military facilities

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Since the beginning of this century the place was dismantled and abandoned. Apart from being an interesting culture spot you can find design shops, a brewery, a museum and restaurant facilities there.

--- 17 July 2017, Zaanstad ---

Hembrug military facilities

Going to the movies

The Odeon is Lisbon used to be quite a famous and flashy place to see a film and book a table or have a beer. Details of the exterior were designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel.

--- 24 October 2010, Lisbon (P) ---

Cine Odeon in Lisbon

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The belle époque style is easy to recognise. After 30 years of abandonment, the Cine Odeon in Lisbon is said to get a new lease on life as an exclusive apartment building.

--- 24 October 2010, Lisbon (P) ---

Cine Odeon in Lisbon

Warehouse

These facilities were built in a neogothic style by Johann Christian Thormann in 1862 to store his goods. Wismar had a port where small steamers could dock. The warehouse was monstrous: it covered 4,000 square metres.

--- 8 August 2009, Wismar ---

Thormann Speicher at Wismar Germany

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With the upsurge of national socialism in Germany in the beginning of the 1930s, economy was booming once again and the facilities were expanded. In WWII Wismar was bombed heavily, especially the port, the complex however didn't get any direct hits.

--- 8 August 2009, Wismar ---

Thormann Speicher at Wismar Germany

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After the war Wismar became part of the DDR. The authorities demolished many buildings that didn't fit within their ideology, amongst other things a Gothic church in the centre that had survived the severe bombing. The Thormann-Speicher is currently part of UNESCO heritage.

--- 8 August 2009, Wismar ---

Thormann Speicher at Wismar Germany