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Old October 20th, 2015, 01:56 AM   #561
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True, looks funny.

Here some impressions of Potsdam:



The canal will be in the middle:




In the Dutch quarter


Peter and Paul Church


History in the Hege Allee




Obelisk at the gates of Park Sanssouci




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Old guard grounds





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Old October 20th, 2015, 02:02 AM   #562
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We will have more of this little baby later on! The Gigantic Orangerie Schloss inside the Park Sanssouci. A gigantic Greenhouse, 700 meters, 2100 feet across!



His Majesty wanted more castles, but had no need for residential ones, so....





The "Jaeger Tor" Gate


A school building!


Brandenburger Strasse


Next to the Brandenburger Tor


Later extended. Charlottenstrasse






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Nauener Tor Gate

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Old October 23rd, 2015, 07:34 AM   #563
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I look at these pictures and think, thank God the Allies weren't able to bomb *everything.*
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Old October 24th, 2015, 02:26 PM   #564
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Potsdam was bombed too - in the last days of the war.
http://www.potsdam-wiki.de/index.php/Nacht_von_Potsdam
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Old October 24th, 2015, 04:53 PM   #565
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Yes, Potsdam was hit quite bad as well. Despite that about 60 to 70% of the old town luckily survived. (A significant part around Alter Markt is now being reconstructed.) It's also a wonder that the palaces of Sanssouci came pretty much unscathed through the war.

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Old October 30th, 2015, 12:11 AM   #566
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Hello, Bonjour and Guten Tag everyone! Nice to see so much traffic! I like to post some pictures.
First I like to answer some comments. The city of Potsdam was hit bad, luckily not to bad.
More damage was done stealing. Pianos from the music school are today in France, Pictures in London, statues of Babelsberg can be found in New York or Toronto. The stealing included many private homes, included the seizer of entire homes and Yes, entire streets. The US administration needed 200 trucks to carry the bounty away in the first five days alone. The sowjets where like that times ten. A steelmill nearby made it to England, the cable cars to Moscow.

The real damage was not done by war or stealing. The real damage was done by the economic collapse after both wars and the main collapse after the "reunification of Germany and the fall of the Berlin wall" or the "wende" as Germans call it. 85% of people lost their jobs within three Years. The "Governisation" of the DDR economy left some mark, too. Not to mention Communist destruction!

Today we proof our friendship by working together to fulfill this masterpiece of town!
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Old October 30th, 2015, 12:37 AM   #567
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I like to post the update about renovations of castle Babelsberg, located in the Park Babelsberg. There is also a Babelsberg at the other side, town Babelsberg, with film studios.

I finally like to use the proper name:

This is the Parks Potsdam, I refer to sometimes!






This gentlemen designed the park: Hermann von Pueckler-Muskau 1785-1871

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His Schloss, I introduced in the Dresden Neumarkt Thread

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This are the waterworks in front:

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Old October 30th, 2015, 01:13 AM   #568
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September 2015



The park and the waterworks in it are garden re-constructions! The waterfront used to be the German - German and Nato frontage! Therefore the park was off limit, the Schloss barely used and fallen in despair and the garden the workplace for military snipers looking for the wrong step in the wrong direction!!!
That is what I call cutting grass with an edge!




In neo Gothic


New marble stairs:


The fountain will work for the first time in many decades!




Let's have a look at the garden. The garden is called Pleasure Grounds. With an English name!










Another fountain is being re-constructed




This is the pump house:

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Old October 30th, 2015, 04:54 PM   #569
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This is fantastic. It's like a piece of Windsor Castle dropped out of the sky.

As always, it's heartening to see these wonderful buildings either restored, or rebuilt entirely from nothing. But why the surge of interest in restoration in Germany (and Russia, too)? Whatever the reason, I think it's wonderful, and can only dare hope the momentum is sustained.
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Old November 1st, 2015, 10:13 PM   #570
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This is fantastic. It's like a piece of Windsor Castle dropped out of the sky.

As always, it's heartening to see these wonderful buildings either restored, or rebuilt entirely from nothing. But why the surge of interest in restoration in Germany (and Russia, too)? Whatever the reason, I think it's wonderful, and can only dare hope the momentum is sustained.
Finally, after six decades, there is a national pride amongst Germans that allows for both individual and group admiration for German history. The effort to paint 'our dark history' as nearly the only memory of one of history's most accomplished peoples, is finally over. Or at least over enough to provide room for honoring the positive and glorious past on equal footing.
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Old November 4th, 2015, 02:56 AM   #571
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As well there should be!
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Old November 5th, 2015, 06:21 PM   #572
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I'm happy that Germans are finally starting to see the importance and uniqueness of their architectural legacy, it's great to see the awakening of the national pride which was destroyed by the dark regimes of the 20th century.
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Old November 8th, 2015, 07:32 PM   #573
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Keller Tor Wache update






The white wall on the left is the city wall for defense. The building that is being reconstructed was the gatehouse by the canal








The walk for the guards....



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Both sides of the Stadtmauer are back again. The first gates to close the waters where made of wood.

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Old November 8th, 2015, 07:39 PM   #574
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Nice garden they get, too! Waterfront, downtown!



The Stadt Mauer, - wall. Fresh painted, but salt inside the wall(:-0

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Now a update on the Breite Strasse, coming from the Neuer Markt.






Behind the house on the Siefert strasse


From the Yorck strasse














I don't know:


That is the view from the former plantation. They tried to grow food for the silk worm. To make silk, you know.






Those buildings are "Hinter Hof" and can't be seen later on from the streetfront.




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Old November 8th, 2015, 08:02 PM   #576
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Now I like to show you guys another Hinter Hof project. Meaning, It can't be seen from the streetfront. New buildings behind Yorckstrasse 10 and 11


new, not inhabited jet




Would have liked to see more roofs.










This is the exit. The other side. Wilhelm Staab Strasse

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Old November 8th, 2015, 08:36 PM   #577
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A view picks from Park Sanssouci





A little spring! Manmade. Rebuild!


Cool for Halloween!




Another spring. Must be wet here!




On the left the water basin. Behind "Forum Romano" and on the right the Pyramid of the Cetius .


The "monopteros"










Theatre wall Aqueduct Roman and Norman Tower





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And an update, from the Park Sanssouci inside as well.
The Neptune Grotto is finally under construction

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Muschelgrotte



A German TV star donated money








Used to be water fountains


Little numbers for later re-construction.

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Old November 8th, 2015, 08:59 PM   #578
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And one more little treat from Park Sanssouci

From 1854, located in the Marlygarten


This column is made out of glass! Wilhelm the fourth ordered three columns.
One as a gift to his sister Charlotte, Kaiserin of Russia [tsar] another for his cousin, Marie,
Queen of Bavaria and one for himself. All three still exists.
The Colum is 5.50m high, build by Ferdinand Hesse and shows a girl that feeds a parrot with grapes.
Inside the glass pipes is a cast iron core. the colors White and blue stand for the National colors of Bavaria. 30 glass pipes fit around and hold the zinc statue that is gold covert!



real gold on top of zinc

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Old November 9th, 2015, 09:57 PM   #579
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The white, modern buildings on Hinter Hof actually tend to blend fairly nicely with the baroque. If they had a roof line, the overall look would have been very acceptable. The detail around the entry carried to the roof plus the horizontal details are interesting and fit the tone of the area.
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They would look great with roof. But even though they look almost like original late 20's housing...
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