City walls Maastricht

Between past and modernity - The position of the photographer

In the 19th century the function of the city wall structures has become obsolete due to modernisation. Consequently, the city walls were demolished in a rather systematic way. During the demolishing process little consideration was given to the fact that these constructions provided the individual city with an identity of its own, made it into a closed unity with a particular skyline. The act of demolishing the walls triggered contradictory feelings of liberation and loss.

Photographer anon | Maastricht | Maastricht, Stadsarchief Florent Joostens | Antwerp | Dez Poternepoort | Antwerpen Fotomuseum | 1863-64 Florent Joostens | Antwerp | De Rode Poort aan de Paardenmarkt|  Antwerpen Fotomuseum | 1863-64 Florent Joostens | Antwerp | De Rode poort, the start of the demolishment of the city walls | Antwerpen Fotomuseum | 1864, October Photographer anon | Bruges | Ezelpoort | Brussels, KIKIRPA | 1914 - 18 Giuseppe Cavazza | Bologna | Field view of the Saint Isaja gate | CICOM, Bologna | 1902-1904 | In <em>Porte e Mura della Cittą di Bologna</em> Giuseppe Cavazza | Bologna | Side view of the Lame gate | Bologna AGDS | 1902-1904 | In <em>Porte e Mura della Cittą di Bologna</em> Theodoor Weijnen | Maastricht | St Pieterspoort, city side | Maastricht Stadsarchief | 1869 April