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A few pics from the old parts of Stockholm


Gamla Stan ( Old town ) in Stockholm







Riddarholmskyrkan, Burial Church of the Swedish Royal Family sence 1600's. Contains most of the graves of the royal family and the nobles.



The Royal Castle





The roundish buildings on the Swedish city forms, where are they inspired from?

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I was informed that a similar conversation was already under way here, so i will copy over mine:



For now it is very difficult to visualize what each of the towns would look like in the final product, but I simply wanted to open the discussion here in the forums, and offer some suggestions for architecture styles and colour/material schemes. These are mostly from other video-games that take place in or around the same time period as Naval Action.


First, I would like to present the architectural styles used in the game Sid Meier's: Pirates!  

For the most part, the layouts for the building were very similar, however the color and art styles used were utilized to distinguish each of the four factions (Spain, France, England, and Holland). 


Spain utilized mainly red-terracotta roofs and clay-esque bodies. Tall doorways and arches can be seen as well, supposedly hallmarks of Spanish architecture at the time:



France's models were simple, and mostly uniform, using dark blue tiled roofs and some brick, some simple bodies:



England was the second best in variety: using what looked like thatched roofing, as well as black and brown tile roofs. Bodies were of either stone, wood, or the medieval style wood and plaster. 



Lastly was the Dutch cities. these were extremely vibrant and colourful. So much so that the best I can do is to simply let the image speak for itself: 



Next is a collection of building from various factions of the Game Age of Empires III. For those who have not played the game, the time period ranges from the Discovery age to the Industrial Revolution. There are about 3 different types of architectural styles used in the (vanilla) game for all of the factions. (i.e. the factions of Portugal, Spain and the Ottomans all use the "Latin/Mediterranean"  architecture style.) Here are just a few examples of the key structures form each style.


Western Europe (Factions who use: England, France, Holland)

Town Center: sM2wNEN.jpg Dock: MK6Jq5F.jpg Market:t0D7FJn.jpg



Eastern Europe: (Germany, Russia)

Town Center: XWUAgry.png Barracks: wSoT8QL.jpg


Mediterranean: (Spain, Portugal, Ottoman Empire)


Town Center:Jdpru69.jpg Market: 1bZWJLs.jpg Docks: 3hKQ1FH.jpg


The Churches/Temples for each Faction use unique models:





Simply judging by what the devs have posted, there seems to be a good bit of similarities. I was just curious if there were any other trends for architecture that were around that other members may notice or know of.



William Drummond, the Drake.

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I must say the Spanish temple on the image is quite old, it's a romanic church, they started to get more decorated and ornamented, this is how they started to look like over time 




La Habana cathedral.

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First, Slik, your french town form looks like quite medieval with those gothic towers (that is "spike-like") and those buildings squeezed against each other !!!
To me, it seems just like a XII-XVth century village near Paris. 
French architecture in Paris is "classical" in the XVIIth century and "baroque" in XVIIIth.
Example :


 Secondly, most (if not all) XVIIth and XVIIIth Caribbean french cities were small one (less than 5000 citizens).
Thirdly, I'm not an expert, but I think there's a typical french-carribean type of architecture.
Example : la maison coquille, Guadalupe (built between 1788 and 1873) :


Two pictures of a late XIXth-early XXth century town of French West Indies :

(Sourcehttp://www.antanlontan-antilles.com/martinique-14.htm : lots of pictures)



French Pondicherry (XVIII, India)


Hope it can help...


(edit) : Now that I sail in tne OW and that NA ports are textured, I love them !!!!

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Falmouth, Jamaica has some great examples of British colonial architecture, being a well preserved Georgian town under restoration.


  This photo gallery has some other nice examples from the island: http://www.georgianjamaica.org/photos.html


  You'll see that British colonial architecture had a very interesting contrast of colours and shades. Lightly coloured walls (like white and yellow) and dark roofs was a very common sight among the older red or grey buildings and became fashionable from the mid 18th Century up to the Victorian period.


  The georgian houses along the waterfront in his image from the former British colony of Grenada (where my father was born) also shows a great example of the mixtures of dark red/grey buildings with the lightly coloured ones.



I would argue that the United Kingdom needs an extra house colour or two in the 'prototype towns'  to reflect this variety of lighter shades.

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Willemstad (Curaçao) is a beautiful, somewhat unique, port town of the Carribbean.  I wouldn't be surprised if it had a similar appearance in 1800. The architecture is Dutch, typical of the 19th century on the left-most buildings5445468_f1024.jpg

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Here are some architectural views of various Caribbean cities taken from draughts made by eyewitnesses who visited the West Indian colonies in the 18th Century, which show, in intricate detail the various architectural styles in use in the colonies of the various nations at the time.


French Examples:

The inordinately detailed prints from Saint Remy's "Recueil de vues des lieux principaux de la colonie françoise de saint-domingue" show the various port towns of the colony of Saint Domingue (today Haiti), and their prominent architectural styles. Saint Domingue was France's biggest colony by the late 18th century, and a huge hub of trade.
This view of Cap François is a perfect example of French colonial architecture of the day, it even shows the church!
Cap François was the colony's cultural and mercantile capital, with a population of over 18,000 by the end of the century it was known as 'the Paris of Saint Domingue' and far out-shone the administrative capital of Port-Au-Prince, only founded in 1746, and still of less populace and importance as is evident in this series of prints.
Martinique in the Late 18th Century, prints by Pierre Ozanne:
View of Basse-Terre (with church) in Guadaloupe, again by Ozanne, late 18th century:
Various views of Martinique, 17th & 18th centuries:


Spanish Examples:

Havana, 1762, Dominic Serres:



The Cathedral of Havana, Serres, 1762:



Havana's Plaza de Armas, by Serres during the British Occupation 1762: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Dominic_Serres#/media/File:Dominic_Serres_the_Elder_-_The_Piazza_at_Havana.jpg


La Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1st half of the 19th century:



Dutch Examples:

A view of Saint Eustatius (Dutch) architecture, 1781 by Jacobsz Verhoeff



Another view of Saint Eustatius, made 1777



British Examples:

Bridgetown, Barbados in a Highly detailed lithograph by Samuel Copen, 1695:


The other half:



Isaac Sailmaker's rather fanciful view of Barbados painted in the same year as above:



Bridgetown, early to mid 19th century:



Painting of Port Royal and Kingston, Jamaica, 1758 by Richard Paton:



Nassau Town (New Providence) in the mid 18th-Century:


Extant Architecture:
George Washington house, Barbados, restored to c. 1751 appearance:
A bit out of period, but for good measure, Bridgetown in 1890:
Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua:
There are many other wonderful pictures in high detail, do check them out.
We seem to be getting a trend here in architectural styles, regardless of nation (perhaps with the exception of Spain) they seem to be all built as sturdy, functional forms of central building, slanted roofs, often with gables, dormers (occasionally) and shutters, with not a whole lot of ornamentation or what we could consider 'decorative', or unnecessary adornments (read not functional - that doesn't include 'shades' or porches) that seems to have come later in the scheme things. Of course this is just what I can deduce from what I've seen.
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