Siegessäule, Großer Stern, BE, DE, EU
Posted by: Arogant
N 52° 30.868 E 013° 21.008
33U E 388042 N 5819540
Quick Description: Freestanding Victory Column in Berlin, Germany.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date Posted: 5/6/2012 7:48:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMEC71
The Victory Column is a monument in Berlin, Germany. Designed by Heinrich Strack after 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, by the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and France in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), giving the statue a new purpose. Different from the original plans, these later victories in the so-called unification wars inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, 8.3 meters high and weighing 35 tonnes, designed by Friedrich Drake.
The 67m high symbol of victory originally stood in front of the Reichstag in the former Königsplatz and today’s Platz der Republik. It was relocated here, in the Tiergarten’s main roundabout by the Nazis in 1938. The Grosser Stern roundabout is a central intersection from which five avenues stretch out to different directions around the compass. According to plans by Albert Speer the architect and visionary of Berlin as the new capital of the German Reich – Germania – intended to enhance the East-West axis running through the Tiergarten.
Documentation (website): [Web Link]
Type of Column: Other
Location: Berlin, center od TierGarden park