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Old September 21st, 2017, 09:02 PM   #861
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Hello!
I am short of time, therefore just a short update;
The Garrison Kirche reconstruction is starting! The Webcam is online:



Smaller definition:
http://garnisonkirche-potsdam.de/nc/...irche-potsdam/

The brick gate, put up as commercial or the project, is coming down right now. The brick will be recycled.
The tower will be rebuild with original technique and materials. Inside the tower will be a chapel. The "Schiff" of the Kirche
will come once the money is there.



source: garnisionkirche-potsdam.de

Photo, 1880;


Taken from other side of the canal;


View from "Breite" Bridge


Portal from "Breite Strasse"


View from the "Mammon Strasse"


"Breite Strasse" facing west;


And this is from the gentleman "Max Baur", who took a picture from the damaged tower and added the original tower
to keep the memory alive;



OK. This is the situation: Church without the Schiff, without the tower toping!
But the tower will be build with original technique as far up until money runs out or project completed.
The tower base will serve as chapel for now until church service starts after completion.
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Old September 21st, 2017, 09:16 PM   #862
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Will the original interior be reconstructed or will it be a modern design?
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 10:00 PM   #863
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Will the original interior be reconstructed or will it be a modern design?




Hello back Titan Man. I checked and the inside ground floor will become different, but not modern. That is the reason for demolishing the gate. The gate was supposed to stay and integrated.....

Here the shortcut to the donation booklet:
http://garnisonkirche-potsdam.de/fil...and_16.11..pdf

The donation booklet is in German, English will follow soon. If you don't understand German or if you do not want to donate, do not worry, please scroll the booklet anyway. The inside is shown very detailed. Page 10 shows the chapel. Page 4 the height. The building is much larger than I thought!
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 10:32 PM   #864
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Great to have you all back!!
Today a big update and lots of news. So please sit back and enjoy!
(That includes you too, erbse.)


The canal
First this: The city of Potsdam will publish a timeframe of the completion of the canals rebuild. Two sections are finished, two more in planning with two separate associations working on them and collecting money. (Serious. Two different ones)
A fifth one and the canal is finished. The timeframe will be published soon and someone or me will update this forum.

It is already decorative, LOL:



The canal going to be here;




This is the former high school, now the "Gontard Palais". Please look the former page if you like.


The parking lot will become the canal;

Thanks Potsdam-fan!
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 11:08 PM   #865
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A little triumph in the Sicilian Garden! The reconstructed "Najade" is back after 32 years!



before;


A najade is from the Greek mythology. A najade (There are many) watches over sprigs, swamps, brooks, ponds and lakes. Her job is to defend that stream or pond or whatever.
This "Najade" was purchased by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV in the year 1854 from stone mansion Emil Wolf. By 1862 the wall behind the figure was erected to amplify the suns heat by Peter Joseph Lenné and Friedrich August Stueler. The original figure was old and crumbly, so it had to be replaced by a exact copy by Andreas Klein in 1985. But the podium was so crumbly that the statue could not come back in place until now!
The Parks and Garden Potsdam financed the return with music festivals in the park of Sanssouci. The waterworks have been redone, too.



A marble copy is back after waiting for 32 Years for money;














On top, two more Najaden riding See lions;






The eastern part of the Sicilian Garden;


This is Athena Giustinianai, as you guys probably recognized;


And this is Amazon Matthei;


Bachant;


Meleager;

Pictures from APH user Spreetunnel!
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Old September 24th, 2017, 12:00 AM   #866
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Now, as promised three pages before, I like to introduce another fantastic place and an construction update with it. The secret capital of Germany, that is what Potsdam is, has an impressive collection of five very large parks and hundreds of green spaces. To supply all of those gardens with flowers and to complete the royal castle collection with just another castle this was build. It is called the "Orangerie Schloss". basically a giant greenhouse. Therefore oranges. Since no more castles where needed, ordinary building where designed to look like one. This is such a case. 900 meters long (2700 feet) Is this Schloss. The right and left wing contain each up to 1000 potted Trees during winter. Offices for the gardeners on the left and right end. In the middle an royal guest apartment witch has seen Kings and Kaiser of other nations. The apartment is used for a picture gallery when not in use by royal guests. The most remarkable room is the "Raphael hall". Decorated over and over with renaissance décor and pictures.





renovations are just getting started. Another seven million will be spend;


The central build with the famous "Raffaelsaal"/Raphael hall and Malachit room.


Found only this from the hall;


The finished tower. For many years, the tower was stabilized by wooden beams!



Pictures from Snork, thank You!
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Old September 24th, 2017, 12:21 AM   #867
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The middle section. It is very, very hard to get the whole thing into picture!
Btw. This is my second favorite castle after Sanssouci Castle itself. The fun part: It is actually a green house!

The middle part;


pic from Snork!

The Orangerie Schloss was build around 1850. The terraced park was supposed to become bigger.


around 1880;


around 1855; brand new;


Let us talk about another reconstruction. Another association has just donated and finished the return of "Jupiter of Otricoli" monument!
The statue has come back, finally. The brand new Jupiter;





Here the history of this small monument; Copy made 1864; Lost during end of war;
Association "Pro Sanssouci" organized with money from Mr. Dr. Hans-Dieter Loest the remake of the small monument.
The original is in Italy and was found in the place of Otricoli, therefore the name: Jupiter of Otricoli.



Monument located here; (before putting it down)

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Old September 24th, 2017, 12:41 AM   #868
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The lust building aka Neptune Grotto is coming together after being taken apart:



It looks kind of romantic, this way;



pictures from APH user Brandenburger, thank You!

The latest change is a an added weather roof;

Snork, thanks.
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Old September 26th, 2017, 02:31 AM   #869
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Yay! At long last the Garrison Kirche finally being rebuilt. I've waited for years to see it. Thanks Eagle for the webcam site. I will be watching this one for sure!
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Old September 28th, 2017, 09:23 AM   #870
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Found only this from the hall;
Here it is:

Sanssouci 6607_6x4 by Allan Prys-Williams, on Flickr

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Old September 29th, 2017, 04:15 PM   #871
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A hall full of copies of famous paintings looks kind of weird. It's not so usual.
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Old October 10th, 2017, 12:46 AM   #872
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Thanks Tiaren!



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A hall full of copies of famous paintings looks kind of weird. It's not so usual.


Off course! It is Potsdam after all! A collection of first paintings could be in every capital! This is unique! Like Potsdam.

The Orangerie is empty of plants in Summer. Therefore, lots of festivities are happening right here on top of the terraces of Sanssouci in the middle of town!

First inside: The Queen of imperial and strong Russia liked this room a lot! That was around 1910.






Looks more like the Louvre!



The purple room. The inventory is original. The allies thought that this was just a green house!





For events;


There is a public road crossing the park diagonal because the terraces where never finished. What amazes me about Potsdam:
You stroll down a road and you are in the middle of this.
During the Blue night festival:






The other wing;


This was during the "Night of the castles festival"




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Old October 11th, 2017, 09:01 PM   #873
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"Welcome to radio Potsdam! Where we play Your favorite hits from the fifteen hundreds all the way to todays hits! So, stay tuned!
Radio Potsdam, where stone turns into love!"


Hello everyone! I found this about the FH construction site. The FH demolition will start on the 11th of November!



Another subject: This is Schloss Marquandt. There is a castle here at least since the year 1330.
The castle is used right now for Movie Productions and is rented to all kinds of events. It is located right on lake Schlanitz.
The owner likes to sell it for 12 Million. But it needs renovation. So, if someone is looking for a nice location Potsdam, this one if for grab:






source: Marquandt.de

Now to a new building. The owners of this Elephant building in Babelsberg have finished just recently:





Thanks, Potsdam-fan!
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Old October 11th, 2017, 09:27 PM   #874
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Let`s move to the "Brandenburger Strasse 72". This building with the neighbor building is under renovation. What makes this interesting for this threat are the changes of the build over the years.
Brandenburger Strasse 72 in the year 1969:



This is the same building 1978. The street is or was called "Klement-Gottwald-Strasse;


The last tenant moved 2014;


Today;






"Schopenhauer Strasse 14" is part of the project. This is a great example of renovation gone wrong: They painted the walls with some modern oil paint. Wrong. The paint has to fit with the material. Or better: Add paint to the plaster. But the wall should be able the breath.




Schopenhauer Strasse 14

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We stay at the location "Brandenburger Strasse 72" and have another look, because it changes so fast. The roof is down:




In the middle of the square is the "Brandenburger Gate".

Pictures from Potsdam-fan.
Brandenburg is the Province/ Land before town. That is the reason for Berlin having a Brandenburg Gate, too. So, if You google, there are two Gates with this name.
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Old October 15th, 2017, 09:06 AM   #876
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We stay at the location "Brandenburger Strasse 72" and have another look, because it changes so fast. The roof is down:




In the middle of the square is the "Brandenburger Gate".

Pictures from Potsdam-fan.
Brandenburg is the Province/ Land before town. That is the reason for Berlin having a Brandenburg Gate, too. So, if You google, there are two Gates with this name.

Thank you so much for these updates!
You reckon, since they took the roof down, they will reconstruct the two top floors again?
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The Berliner Morgenpost writes about the reconstruction of the Garnisonskirche.
For those who understand German and are interested:
https://www.morgenpost.de/brandenbur...u-Potsdam.html

In my opinion it's quite sad that they brand the church as a "symbol of Prussian militarism" and put it into comparison with the "entry of the (right-conservative political party) AfD into parliament". Seems a bit overreacting to me - but then again I am just happy they're rebuilding this masterpiece
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Old October 16th, 2017, 11:31 AM   #878
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Good news, Garrisonchurch should be reconstructed, as an important part of the set of momuments and a proof of the overcoming of difficult history. First of all it was a work of art.
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In my opinion it's quite sad that they brand the church as a "symbol of Prussian militarism"
Do they still seriously use this 'brand', no kidding? It's sooo soviet/socialist cliche, I thought it's long gone with the socialist era.
In Soviet Union that 'Prussian militarism' was used as an excuse for demolition of old Koenigsberg (even though that particular part of Prussia had never anything to do with militarism).
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I recently moved to beautiful Potsdam, (from London), & I've been following this excellent thread for a long time, but only just joined as a member. Hello everyone!
OK - to business... I hardly dare ask, (in case the answer is too depressing!), but does anyone know if there are plans to remove the horrendous concrete Hotel Mercure tower anytime soon...? Such an insensitive & ugly monster of a building.
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