Friday, August 28, 2009

Colonial Architecture Of Lüderitz

OneStonedCrow Pics

Lüderitz is a harbor town in southern Namibia, lying on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa.

It was founded in 1883 when Heinrich Vogelsang purchased Angra Pequena and some of the surrounding land on behalf of Adolf Lüderitz, a hanseat from Bremen in Germany, from the local Nama chief.

Lüderitz began its life as a trading post, with other activities in fishing and guano-harvesting. In 1909, after the discovery of diamonds nearby, Lüderitz enjoyed a sudden surge of prosperity. Today, however, diamonds are mostly found elsewhere and offshore, and Lüderitz has lost a lot of this interest.

The town is known for its colonial architecture, including some Art Nouveau work, and for wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos and ostriches.

More of my pics of Lüderitz here.



  1. Hi ...

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on my Southern Lagniappe blog about sunflowers. I'm so glad it led me halfway around the world to your blog (isn't the Internet wonderful!).

    Your photos are stunning (I can't believe the coral snake pictures!) ... and I especially enjoyed seeing the beautiful architecture of Luderitz.

    I'll be back to visit again to see more of your beautiful country.



  2. ... and thank you in return Janie ...

    ... yes, the internet is amazing ... as a child I would never have believed this possible ...

  3. thankyou for your dylan comment, agreed with the lily, rosemary and jack of hearts lyrics.

    the colours of the 1st house in this luderitz collection are amazing! beautiful.

  4. Thanks Hannah,

    When I took the pic of the blue building there was a 'for sale' sign on the door with a telephone number ... I photographed the sign and was toying with the idea of buying the place and converting it into a backpackers accommodation ... when i finally stopped procrastinating it was sold ...