Monday, October 5, 2009
MyWorld Tuesday: Bismarckdenkmal
Bismarck von hinten - the title of a 70s TV show taking place in a part of Hamburg that would give you that view of the statue. It shows German (well, German Empire) chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), nicknamed the Iron Chancellor
The monument is 34 metres high, Bismarck himself almost 15 metres and made from granite. It was errected between 1901-1905 and even at that time, it was controversial due to it's enormous size. It really a bit overwhelming when you stand right next to it, but it does has a sort of grace and I always feel that Bismarck's a bit melancholy, watching the Elbe from his high position.
Despite its size and the fact that it stands on a small hill right next to the Reeperbahn, the momument is hidden behind trees and you can easily miss it, even when you know it's there.
I would love to get a look at the catacombs under the foundation - it's unknown what they were supposed to be used for, but there are a few kilometers of tunnels.During WWII, the foundation was used as a bunker, but there days it's not accessible for the public because it's in danger of collaps.
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