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Old August 17th, 2013, 10:29 PM   #241
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Well, thanks for the pictures! and sorry for possibly I repeat one question: what about the hotel tower just a few meters from the palace?
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Old August 17th, 2013, 11:00 PM   #242
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There were plans to tear it down (Mercure Hotel), and to replace it with an art exhibition hall. It was proposed by the billionaire SAP founder Hasso Plattner, who also contributed the facade of the City Palace.

But these plans are currently halted. We don't know for sure what will happen as of now.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #243
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@Erbse good to hear that there are plans to tear it down, too bad it is currently halted. Are all political parties in the Potsdam Council pro-demolition of the Mercure Hotel?
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Old August 18th, 2013, 12:43 AM   #244
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Most of them except DIE LINKE (the left) former SED communist party of the DDR.
The main problem is the prize. It costs over 20 Million (if I remember right) to buy it and tear it down.
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Old September 17th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #245
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New film on YouTube presenting the Castle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWKLG0sZs5k
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Old October 28th, 2013, 08:14 PM   #246
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Any news in the area?
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Old October 28th, 2013, 08:52 PM   #247
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I found some on the german thread

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...1329539&page=3
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Old October 28th, 2013, 11:45 PM   #248
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Seems interesting! However my German is quite bad... But in any case it looks like there are lot of buildings in process of reconstruction there!
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Old October 29th, 2013, 12:58 PM   #249
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Hi,

on www.arstempano.de you can see quite parts of old Potsdam in an virtuell reconstruction around 1850. Since yesterday you can also see the staircase of the "Potsdam Stadtschloss" - the royal residence of King Frederick the Great.


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Old October 29th, 2013, 08:51 PM   #250
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Hi,

on www.arstempano.de you can see quite parts of old Potsdam in an virtuell reconstruction around 1850. Since yesterday you can also see the staircase of the "Potsdam Stadtschloss" - the royal residence of King Frederick the Great.

Link to the Panorama in the court of "Palast Barberini"

Link to the Staircase


Wow! Such an amazing work here! Hope one day we can see a Potsdam like this virtual one!
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Old November 4th, 2013, 12:02 AM   #251
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Pics by our esteemed German forum member Ludi:

This is nice, )and I am going there on Wendsday), but what about the statues that used to be on the roof? Are they going back on?
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Old November 4th, 2013, 10:36 AM   #252
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@ mhjo,

hi - no, that is now a modern one with little parts from skulpteres etc. on the wall, what was found in the ruins after the war. Maybe the next Generation make an reconstruktion of the former staircase.

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Old November 4th, 2013, 01:20 PM   #253
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I was asking about the statues not in the staircase but the one on the castles' roof
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Old November 5th, 2013, 01:17 AM   #254
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They will eventually be put back. All that's needed is some investors, or large donations.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 11:06 AM   #255
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I was in Potsdam yesterday evening. I took some fotos but they are dark and bring nothing new. However I noticed that they have put a blue lighting on the old city hall. Its a long blue stripe cross over the entire building. Very vulgar (reminds me of Skopje). The rebuilding of Palace Barberini was announced on a big poster. The ugly yellow GDR bulding next to the castle was still standing.

We also took a walk to the dutch quarters. very impressive. The City itself is very nice, with alot of beautiful houses, and it seems that only half the city was destroyed in WW2,
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Old November 8th, 2013, 01:14 PM   #256
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We also took a walk to the dutch quarters. very impressive. The City itself is very nice, with alot of beautiful houses, and it seems that only half the city was destroyed in WW2,
According to what I know only 1/3 actually. Very good to see on Google Earth btw.:

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The percentage of property totally destroyed German cities from WWII bombings is not a good measurement. Percentages can be deceiving, especially when "the city" can be defined differently--core inner city, legal borders of city, surrounding areas semi-incorporated in the city, suburbs, and nearby towns that were integrated in the metropolitan areas. The part of Potsdam that we talk about on this forum is the inner city core around the palace and main historic buildings, and that area was over half destroyed.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 06:44 PM   #258
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The percentage of property totally destroyed German cities from WWII bombings is not a good measurement. Percentages can be deceiving, especially when "the city" can be defined differently--core inner city, legal borders of city, surrounding areas semi-incorporated in the city, suburbs, and nearby towns that were integrated in the metropolitan areas. The part of Potsdam that we talk about on this forum is the inner city core around the palace and main historic buildings, and that area was over half destroyed.
I refer to 50 % of core city. I think the northern part (north of Brandenburger Strasse) with dutch quarters seem rather untouched by war.
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 09:30 PM   #259
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Here are some plans for rebuilding the Old Market:

http://www.potsdam.de/cms/dokumente/...2013engWEB.pdf
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Old December 6th, 2013, 12:22 PM   #260
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I like what I see happening in Germany, with the effort to put back some of these old gems. The thread on Dresden is great too.

Regrettably, I cannot see similar schemes happening on a grand scale here in Britain.
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