This is a fine market square surrounded by good buildings. Although the church appears to be slightly removed from the square, it still towers above the square and is thus present in the square.
There is a rather large variation in the scale of the buildings fronting on the square, and the range is right at the limits of what works - if there were any greater variation, the scene would start to fall apart.
Photo retouching is about as old as photography. In the days when this photograph was taken, the blue-sensitive emulsions in use made it nearly impossible to record clouds under ordinary circumstances. Whenever you see clouds in photographs from this period, they are almost certainly either painted in or printed in from other negatives. This is a better job than most, but it still looks artificial.
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