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King Frederick the Great - Berlin, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 52° 31.033 E 013° 23.567
33U E 390943 N 5819781
Quick Description: Monumental statue of Prussian King Frederick the Great
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date Posted: 10/26/2016 1:05:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMTB41
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 18

Long Description:

Friedrich II (1712-1786) was one of the most influential Kings of the German Kingdom of Prussia. He inherited a huge fortune from his father, the frugal "Soldier King" Frederick William I, and put it to good use. He transformed Prussia from a European backwater to an economically strong and politically reformed state and enlarged it's territory through several acquisitions.

He inherited also one of Europe's strongest armies and used it in two wars with Austria. Later, his march into Saxony started the Seven Years War. This war lasted from 1756 through 1763. It was later sometimes called the "First World War" for it was the first war that involved all of the world's super powers. His campaigns in this war earned him the title "Frederick the Great".

Forty years later, when Napoleon conquered Potsdam, he would visit Frederick's tomb and say, "Gentlemen, this was one of the greatest commanders of whom history has made mention. If he were alive today, I should not be standing here."

But Frederick the Great would not only be remembered for his military talent. He would later be known as "The Philosopher on the Throne," and as a gifted musician and architect. Under his influence, the ideas of the Age of Enlightenment reached Germany. His influence on architecture was so big that the whole era would later be known as Frederician Rococo.

Frederick the Great died in 1786. His tomb was moved several times, but in 1991, he found his final resting place in Potsdam.

This monumental Equestrian statue was designed in 1839 by Christian Daniel Rauch and unveiled in 1851. Like the tomb of the king, his most famous statue has been moved several times but returned to its original place in 2001.

Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: King Frederick II

Country or Empire of Influence: Prussia, Germany

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