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Download high resolution version (461x614, 35 KB)Photo of Berlin victory column (taken June 3, 2003 by djmutex). File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. Click on date to download the file or see the image uploaded...
Download high resolution version (461x614, 35 KB)Photo of Berlin victory column (taken June 3, 2003 by djmutex). File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. Click on date to download the file or see the image uploaded... Enlarge
Berlin Siegessäule (June 2003)

The victory column (in German (called Deutsch in German; in German the term germanisch is equivalent to English Germanic), is a member of the western group of Germanic languages and is one of the worlds major languages. It is the language with the most native speakers in the European Union. It is spoken... German: Siegessäule) is one of the more famous sights of Berlin ( pronounced: , German ) is the capital of Germany and its largest city, with 3,387,404 inhabitants (as of September 2004); down from 4.5 million before World War II. It is also the second-largest city in the European Union after London. From 1949 to 1990 it was divided... Berlin. Originally designed by Heinrich Strack after Events January - March January 21 - Maori Wars: The Tauranga Campaign starts. February 27 - American Civil War: The first Northern prisoners arrive at the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. March 1- Alejandro Mon Menéndez takes office as Prime Minister of Spain March 10 - American Civil War: The Red River Campaign... 1864 to commemorate the victory of The coat of arms of the Kingdom of Prussia, 1701-1918 The word Prussia ( German: Preußen or Preussen, Polish: Prusy, Lithuanian: Prūsai, Latin: Borussia) has had various (often contradictory) meanings: The land of the Baltic Prussians (in what is now parts of southern Lithuania, the Kaliningrad... Prussia in the Second war of Schleswig also known as Danish war or Danish-Prussian war in 1864 was fought between Denmark and Prussia. Prussia was supported by Austria, and both of them were acting on behalf of the German Confederation. When the government in Copenhagen proclaimed Schleswig an integral part of the... Danish-Prussian war, by the time it was inaugurated on September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years). There are 120 days remaining. Events 31 BC - Roman Civil War: Battle of Actium - Off the western coast of Greece, forces of Octavian defeat troops under Mark Antony and Cleopatra. 1649 - The Italian city of Castro is... 2 September Events January - April January 17 - Indian Wars: First Battle of the Stronghold during the Modoc War. February 11 - Spanish Cortes deposes King Amadeus I and proclaims the First Spanish Republic. February 12 - Former foreign minister Emilio Cistelar y Ripoli becomes prime minister of the new Spanish Republic. February 20 - The... 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria in the The Austro-Prussian War (also called the Seven Weeks War) was a war fought between Austria and Prussia in 1866 that resulted in Prussian dominance in Germany. In Germany and Austria it is called Deutsch-Deutscher Krieg or Bruderkrieg (war of brothers) Causes For centuries, the Holy Roman Emperors in... Austro-Prussian War and France in the Battle of Gravelotte Main article: Battle of Gravelotte Battle of Sedan Main article: Battle of Sedan The French were soundly defeated in several battles owing to the military superiority of the Prussian forces and their commanders. At Sedan on September 2, the French emperor Napoleon III was taken prisoner with... Franco-Prussian War (1870/1871), giving the statue a new purpose. Different from the original plans, these later victories inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of In Roman mythology, Victoria was the goddess of victory. She is the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Nike. Categories: Mythology stubs | Roman goddesses ... Victoria of 8.3 meters height and 35 metric tons of weight, designed by Friedrich Drake. Berliners, with their fondness for disrespectful names of famous buildings, call the statue Goldelse, meaning something like "golden Lizzy".


Anchored on a solid fundament of polished red granite, the column resides on a hall of pillars with a glass mosaic designed by Anton von Werner. The colum itself consists of three solid blocks of sandstone, which are decorated by cannon pipes captured from the enemies of the aforementioned three wars. A relief decoration on the foundation, which had to be removed on request of the victorious allied forces in 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). Events January January 5 - The Soviet Union recognizes the new pro-Soviet government of Poland. January 7 - British General Bernard Montgomery holds a press conference in which he claims credit for victory in the Battle of... 1945, was restored in the Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium Events and trends Technology Bulletin board system popularity Popularization of personal computers, Walkmans, VHS videocassette recorders, and compact disc (CD) players Introduction of the IBM PC Home video games become enormously popular, most notably Atari until the market crashes in 1983; the rise... 1980s.


Surrounded by a street circle with heavy car traffic, pedestrians can reach the column through four underground tunnels, built in 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). Events January January 6 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms Speech in the State of the Union Address. January 10 - Lend-Lease is introduced into the U.S. Congress. January 19 - British troops attack Italian... 1941 according to plans by Johannes Huntenmueller. Via a steep spiral staircase of 285 steps, the physically fit may climb up almost to the top of the pillar, to right underneath the statue, for a small fee and a spectacular view over the Tiergarten is a former borough of Berlin, since 2001 a part of the expanded borough Mitte. Before reunification, it was a part of West Berlin. It contains the neighbourhoods of Hansaviertel, Moabit and Tiergarten-Süd. Among others, the Reichstag, the office of the German Chancellor and several embassies, as... Tiergarten.


Not even many Berliners know that originally, the column was erected with a height of merely 50.66 meters opposite the the Reichstag building (June 2003) A Red Army soldier flies the Soviet flag over the Reichstag The Reichstag building in Berlin was constructed as the place where the Reichstag, the parliament of the German Empire, would convene. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Reichstag until 1933. It again... Reichstag building. In preparation of executing the monumental plans to redesign Berlin into Model of the unbuilt Große Halle. Note the miniature sizes of the Reichstag and the Brandenburger Tor in the bottom center. Welthauptstadt Germania (World Capital) was the name Adolf Hitler gave to the projected renewal of Berlin, part of his vision for the future of Germany after the proposed... Welthauptstadt Germania, in 1939 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). Events January-June January 2 - End of term for Frank Finley Merriam, 28th Governor of California. He is succeeded by Culbert Levy Olson. January 24 - Earthquake kills 30.000 in Chile – about 50.000 sq... 1939, the Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. The Third Reich is an Anglicization of the German... Nazis relocated the pillar to its present location at the Großer Stern (Great Asterisk), a large intersection on the visual city axis that leads from the former The Berlin City Palace (German: Berliner Stadtschloss) was a palace in central Berlin, on Schlossplatz, next to Alexanderplatz. The City Palace was originally opened in 1443, and was home to the rulers of Brandenburg, then Prussia, and finally, the German Kaisers. After the First World War, it was converted into... Berlin City Palace through the The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) is a triumphal arch, the symbol of Germany. Located on the Pariser Platz, it is the only remaining one of the series of gates through which one entered Berlin. One block to its north lies the Reichstag, and one block to the south lies... Brandenburg Gate to the western parts of Berlin. At the same time, the pillar was augmented by another 7.5 meters, giving it its present height of 66.89 meters. The monument survived Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (60,000 ft) into the air. August 9, 1945 World War II was a global conflict that started in 7 July 1937 in Asia and 1 September 1939 in Europe and lasted until 1945, involving the majority of the... World War II without much damage.


Similiar constructions

There is a very similiar looking monument in Mexico City [1]  (http://skyscraperpage.com/gallery/data/660/6143imagen_032.jpg), which is called "El Angel".


External links

  • Siegessäule  (http://www.structurae.net/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0011047) on Nicolas Janberg's Structurae database and gallery.

 
 

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