Neptune Fountain, Berlin, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 52° 31.172 E 013° 24.418
33U E 391911 N 5820017
Quick Description: Berlin's oldest functional fountain
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 12:34:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM449Y
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member huggy_d1
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Neptune Fountain and St. Mary’s Church Neptune Fountain

The historical Neptune Fountain is one of Berlin’s most famous and certainly its most beautiful fountain. Germany’s most famous architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel first designed it but never got around to actually build it. The idea was picked up again by architect Reinhold Begas who finished the construction in 1888, 43 years after Schinkel’s death.

The fountain was originally located at Palace Square in front of Berlin’s City Palace. The palace and the fountain were heavily damaged in World War II and when the palace was demolished by the East German government in 1951, the remaining pieces of the fountain were dismantled and put into storage.

Neptune Fountain and TV Tower

Between 1965 and 1969, East-Berlin’s central district underwent complete reconstruction.
As part of this effort, the fountain was restored and relocated to the cross-point of the
lines of sight to the TV Tower the City Hall and St. Mary’s Church.

The fountain has been completely restored to its old beauty. Lord Neptune thrones on a giant shell, surrounded by marine animals and adorned by four mermaids representing four
of Germany’s main rivers.

Judy with "River Oder" Volker with "River Rhine"

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