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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:27 AM   #1521
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Königsberg, although this wasn't taken 'before WW2'.

It's probably the last known photo of Schlüter's original Amber Room, after it was moved to Königsberg Castle during the war.


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Old May 12th, 2013, 08:57 PM   #1522
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 01:33 AM   #1523
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Berlin, Schloss Monbijou



Monbijou Palace was a Rococo palace in central Berlin located in the present-day Monbijou Park on the north bank of the Spree river across from today's Bode Museum and within sight of the Hohenzollern city palace. Heavily damaged in World War II, the ruins were finally razed in 1959. It has not been rebuilt.

During the 1700s

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Around 1820 the so-called “Germanic-Slavic Antiquities” were removed from the royal curiosities cabinet (Kunstkammer) and housed in Monbijou Palace as the Museum for National Antiquities (Museum für Vaterländische Alterthümer). As the collections regularly expanded with the addition of new categories (paintings, jewelry, porcelain), the German emperor Wilhelm I finally made the palace with its 42 rooms accessible to the public as the “Hollenzollern Museum” in 1877. It was considered to be on the one hand an educational institution of cultural history, and on the other hand a place for the Hohenzollern dynasty to celebrate its own history and significance.

The museum survived the abolition of the monarchy in Germany in 1918. Its inventory remained in the possession of the dynasty but it was administered by the state, which made Monbijou Palace available for the purpose and assumed responsibility for maintaining the museum in the traditional way. World War II brought this state of affairs to an end. Large parts of the collections had been evacuated, and after the war were lotted and brought to the Soviet Union and other places. As late as 1940/41 Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler’s favored architect, proposed relocating the palace in order to make space for three new museum buildings across from the Museum Island—as part of the planning for the monumental Welthauptstadt Germania ("World Capital Germania") project. Monbijou castle was to be completely pulled down and rebuilt in the park of Charlottenburg Palace between the nearby Spree sluice and the Berlin Ringbahn. The war made these plans irrelevant.


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If it will be rebuilt in the future, then I hope they rebuild the original Rococo facade
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 04:58 AM   #1524
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That is quite stunning. It must have covered a large amount of territory in the middle of the city.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 01:55 AM   #1525
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Monbijou Palace

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Großer Saal (42), view from the outside:


Central body (33; 27; 22):


Eastern wing (6; 7; 11; 13; 19), view from south


Entrance building (not seen on plan)

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Old June 11th, 2013, 04:52 AM   #1527
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The Alsacians got their revenge : we're unable to pronounce the names of their towns.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 08:42 AM   #1528
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Excellent images of Potsdam's beauty. The grandeur of the city was truly majestic.

The image above labeled as Neues Palais commons shows the buildings that were not the royal residences, rather the kitchens, staff, and military housing. Although these buildings look like a palace, the royal residence was on the opposite side of the commons area, about 75 yards away. The complex was completely coordinated in scale and design. One of the best.
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Rechtstadt Danzig 1930:
On the subject of Gdansk, what is going on on the center of this photo?




Never mind. Here it is, finished, on Google maps:

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Old June 21st, 2013, 09:09 PM   #1530
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Does anyone know what ever happened to the two magnificent statues before the Charlottenburg gate, in this photo?

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Old June 24th, 2013, 03:38 AM   #1531
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Excellent images of Potsdam's beauty. The grandeur of the city was truly majestic.

The image above labeled as Neues Palais commons shows the buildings that were not the royal residences, rather the kitchens, staff, and military housing. Although these buildings look like a palace, the royal residence was on the opposite side of the commons area, about 75 yards away. The complex was completely coordinated in scale and design. One of the best.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 07:03 PM   #1532
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Old July 10th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #1533
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Königsberg

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Old August 19th, 2013, 10:49 PM   #1534
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 06:28 PM   #1535
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The old Reichstag

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It would be great to see the Bismarck statue/memorial rebuilt and reinstalled in front of today's building. Great sculpture and important history.
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Those photos of the Reichstag are fascinating. When I visited a few years ago I was surprised to see it rising out of a large expanse of grass - without the usual structure of landscaping, buildings and the details of urban life in a great metropolis. Then, directly behind it, I found the Brandenburger Tor and the Unter den Linden and the heart of a great city.

Berlin was a constant series of surprises, unlike any other great city I have visited. One moment I was thinking of the tragedies and transformation of war and division in the twentieth century. Then I was thinking how much parts of Berlin looks like Manhattan. A very vibrant and exciting place. And the climate is superb.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 03:50 PM   #1538
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I would like to remind to everyone that right before IInd World War Gdańsk (Danzig) had a status of a "free city" (formally not belonged to the German Reich).

Anyway...Olsztyn/Allenstein (Ostpr.) was in Reich on 1st of September 1939:


































































Olsztyn, after attack of Red Army


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It would be great to see the Bismarck statue/memorial rebuilt
Well, the monument was never destroyed. It is located in the Tiergarten in Berlin.

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I would like to remind to everyone that right before IInd World War Gdańsk (Danzig) had a status of a "free city" (formally not belonged to the German Reich).
Officially The Free City of Gdańsk/Danzig was under League of Nations protection and it was represented abroad by Poland's ambassadors. Poland was also given full rights to develop and maintain transportation, communication, and port facilities in the city. It was not an independent state.
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