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BERLIN NOW AND THEN – SPANDAU

Lest we forget that Berlin is much more than just Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg or Mitte, here is a next instalment in the weekly photo-series of the “Berliner Morgenpost”, introducing images of various Berlin locations as they were and as they are today.
Today, it is Spandau´s turn. “Spandau bei Berlin“, by the way, as many locals still call it – it might be 2016, but for many among 231,120 residents of Berlin´s fourth biggest borough, the place is as independent of the capital as it was in 1232 when its name appeared it writing for the first time (making it, in fact, the older of the two).
Until 1878, Spandau´s name was spelled “Spandow“, like “Treptow“, “Pankow” or “Rudow“. Its spelling was, however, changed to make it look more “German” (-ow is a Slavonic ending, characteristic of originally Slavic settlements). It is also possible that the name´s pronunciation evolved to “-au” before 1878 and that the reform also followed that development.
You can read more about the colourful history of Spandau´s name in one of our older posts as well as in the book Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion about to be published in May 2016:-)
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City Hall of Spandau in at the Havel in 1932.

City Hall of Spandau in at the Havel in 1932.

4 comments on “BERLIN NOW AND THEN – SPANDAU

  1. lostfunzone (dothob)
    April 15, 2016

    Wohoo, a book?!

    • notmsparker
      April 15, 2016

      Yes, I thought to myself: all this research and writing for all these years – others turn it into books, why don´t you?;-)

      • lostfunzone (dothob)
        April 15, 2016

        Sounds like very good thinking 🙂
        I guess the details of the book will be featured in your blog just in time? I’m definitely interested!

        • notmsparker
          April 15, 2016

          They will be:) Thank you for your kind words – it is definitely encouraging to know that there are people out there who might be keen on reading it.

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