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Old January 15th, 2016, 12:16 AM   #1661
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Is that a Christmas tree on top of the dome?
Ja, it is! They sure have loads of fun at this construction site, we've seen the Christmas tree on top of the cupola, 'robots', various funny or fan-motivated banners, strange worker outfits, ...


Once more for its beauty: The facade projections during Berlin Festival Of Lights!


Festival Of Lights: Berliner Stadtschloss by Michael Krolop, auf Flickr
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Old January 15th, 2016, 12:16 AM   #1662
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Titan Man: In the event your question was not asked with tongue in cheek, lashing a tree to the uppermost part of a new building is part the topping out ceremony that originated centuries ago in Scandinavia. The tree or branch was originally supposed to ward off evil spirits. Over time, the tradition migrated across northern Europe and then to the Americas. The custom is alive and well today though, with almost nobody believing in evil spirits anymore, is largely symbolic.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 08:30 PM   #1663
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Old January 26th, 2016, 12:20 AM   #1664
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Old January 26th, 2016, 12:40 AM   #1665
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Illumination seems almost perfect and it shows all the aspects of the building at its best, but I'm not very sure about the dome, it seems slightly kitschy, or at least "overloaded".
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Old January 26th, 2016, 01:32 AM   #1666
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Illumination seems almost perfect and it shows all the aspects of the building at its best, but I'm not very sure about the dome, it seems slightly kitschy, or at least "overloaded".
That dome is just as "overloaded" as it needs to be. It looks great!

As far as the amount of stars visible in the sky, I call BULLSHIT!!!!
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Old January 26th, 2016, 02:05 AM   #1667
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That dome is just as "overloaded" as it needs to be. It looks great!

As far as the amount of stars visible in the sky, I call BULLSHIT!!!!
I meant as overloaded with light, the illumination of the dome should be slightly toned down, IMHO.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 10:24 AM   #1668
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whatever they do on that building,it will never ever have any soul nor charm.
I had the same feeling when i visited the Freuenkirche (rebuilt in 2008)in beautiful Dresden.Fake old just doesn't match.
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So why "beautiful Dresden" then? Almost all buildings in the old town are reconstructions of completely or heavy destroyed originals. Semperoper, Zwinger, Residenzschloss - I could go on.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 01:30 PM   #1670
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Indeed. Just give the Frauenkirche and its surrounding Neumarkt some years to gain patina and really "arrive" in the heart of the city. Just like reconstructed Semperoper and Zwinger did.

Berlin's City Palace exterior will definitely add soul to the area. Much more so than the horrid "Palace" of the Republic ever could.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 04:23 PM   #1671
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wow!..my bad!..you are probably right as i was very impressed by Semperoper and Zwinger.
I will never get tired to say how beautiful german architecture is,Munchen being my favorite city..
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IMO, the problem people have today with reconstructions is that they KNOW it's a reconstruction, they see all its flaws and address it to reconstruction process, so they can't look at it in the same way as they would if it was still the original building. I bet if you bring someone who doesn't know Frauenkirche was destroyed and rebuilt, they probably would experience its charm and beauty without problem, just like WR HEARST did with other rebuilt buildings in Dresden. And as erbse said, it needs to gain patina and it will be all fine, just like Warsaw's Old Town, Semperoper or Zwinger.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 05:51 AM   #1673
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I agree with Erbse. The original palace, like the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, was once new and pristine. Over decades and centuries both aged like fine wine, developing a patina and character that endeared them to millions. This reconstructed palace, with the natural materials used in its exterior, too, will age gracefully.

In contrast, modern steel and glass boxes, such as the FH University building in central Potsdam, cannot develop the character that comes with graceful aging. They are like modern pasteurized wine that wouldn't throw a sediment in a hundred years. With their man-made materials, such buildings rely on pristineness for impact. Left to time and the elements, they quickly become seedy and decrepit eyesores.
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Consistency Would Be Great

Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I think that it's best when all of the buildings in a historic area retain the same look and feel of the original, even if they are reconstructions or something new is being added. I really hate it when they throw up something modern in a baroque or classical neighborhood and act like it's not going to stick out like a sore thumb. If I had been making the decision, I would have made the fourth side of the Stadtschloss have the same baroque look as the other three sides, even though that was not original to the site. Then I would have used only modern architecture on the interior rather than mixing baroque and modern. As it is, it looks weird to me when you have three walls in baroque style and one in modern. Just my opinion.
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While I generally agree with you that modern buildings usually don't correspond well with the surrounding historical buildings, in this case I would do the exterior exactly like it was before the palace was demolished. Just because the fourth part of the building wasn't "pretty" and coherent with the new, baroque part, doesn't mean it had smaller historical significance. Erasing history only because someone doesn't like it is not a good thing to do (although in this case it has already been erased ). Also, it looks like it hadn't too many ornaments so I think it would be a lot cheaper to build than a new baroque side.
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German royalty visiting the palace construction site, where once their ancestral home stood and will stand soon again.

The bloke in the middle is His Imperial and Royal Highness Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia. If monarchy would resume in Germany he would be first in line to the throne.

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It would be funny if they demanded the palace back once it's finished...
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Der Kaiser

I think that you mean that Prince Karl Friedrich would be the "Kaiser," if monarchy were to be restored in Germany. He succeeded to the position as head of the house of Hohenzollern in 1994 when his grandfather died due to the unfortunate accidental death of his own father in 1977.
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It would be very good if Germany's monarchy were to be restored. There needs to be more cause for patriotism, which monarchy promotes, especially in this time where both Germany and Europe as a whole face so many dangers.
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I hesitate to touch this one. When I was a child, my elderly German and Russian relatives, who remembered life under Kaiser and Tsar, and who lived through violent revolution in both countries, kept a tight lid on the subject. Though they would reminisce about their day-to-day lives in a world that had vanished, seemingly forever, they carefully avoided expressing political views one way or another about the monarchical systems under which they lived because it was such an explosive and divisive topic, especially between the older and younger generations. I think there was also an element of fear; they'd been traumatized by war, revolution, and civil war followed by collapsed economies, rampant inflation, and starvation. It was lingering trauma compounded by a deep fear of Communist and Nazi regimes.

How different the world is since then! Nowadays, that older generation is gone, communism is virtually dead, Germany is reunited, and there's talk about reviving monarchy both in Germany and Russia. (There's even a Monarchist Party in the Russian Duma - who could have imagined such a thing even a few short years ago?) Hohenzollerns are visiting an ancestral palace being rebuilt in Berlin and Romanovs are visiting palaces and attending state funerals in St. Petersburg. But monarchy is still a divisive issue. Personally, I would love to see a restoration of monarchy in Germany and Russia, but it is a decision that must be left wholly to the citizens of those two countries, and nobody else.

Meantime, it is awesome to see the brick- and stonework proceeding at Berliner Stadtschloss in winter!
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