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Siegessäule, Großer Stern - German-Danish War of 1864 - Berlin, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Chasing Blue Sky
N 52° 30.868 E 013° 21.008
33U E 388042 N 5819540
Quick Description: The Siegessäule (Victory Column) on the Großer Stern (Great Star), stands in the roundabout in the Tiergarten in Berlin, Germany. It was originally constructed as a national monument to the victory in the German-Danish War of 1864.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date Posted: 11/10/2012 12:00:12 PM
Waymark Code: WMFNV0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
Views: 33

Long Description:
"The Victory Column is one of the best known symbols of Berlin.

"Golden Lizzie," as it is known in Berlin slang, was originally designed by Heinrich Strack and was built between and 1864 and 1873 at Königsplatz (today’s Platz der Republik). It has now been put under a preservation order.

The reason for its being built was Prussia’s victory in the German-Danish war in 1864. In the course of a few years, two additional victorious wars were added: the German war of 1866 against Austria and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1. These three victories are commemorated by the three original segments, onto which a bronze sculpture was placed.

During the era of National Socialism, the Victory Column increased in size to a total height of 67 metres. Between 1938 and 1939, in preparation for the future capital of the Reich “Germania,”the Victory Column was moved to the middle of Tiergarten. After surviving the war largely unscathed, the Victory Column was restored to its previous state that existed during the end of the 19th century.

The 8,3 metre high bronze sculpture weighing 35 tonnes, which was created by Friedrich Drake, represents Victoria wearing a helmet and holding a laurel wreath in one hand and, in the other, a staff bearing an iron cross. The victory goddess Victoria from Roman mythology is analogous to the Greek equivalent of Nike. Her eagle helmet also lets Victoria appear as Borussia, the female personification of Prussia." (visit link)

"The German-Danish War (also Second Schleswig shear War or Second Schleswig-Holstein war as opposed to the war from 1848 to 1851 ) to hostilities around was Schleswig-Holstein , and especially to the Duchy of Schleswig, between the Empire of Austria and the Kingdom of Prussia on the one side and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other, from 1 February to 30 October 1864. The war is also seen as the first of the three German wars of unification." (visit link)
War: German-Danish War of 1864

Is it permanently accessible to the public?: yes

Is it necessary to pay a fee to gain access to the place?: no

Year of the memorial or monument: 1864-1873

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