Monday, October 5, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday: Bismarckdenkmal

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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

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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.

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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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13 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fascinating and very interesting post for the day! That is a HUGE statue! Terrific photos!

Have a great day!

Sylvia

Martha Z said...

A very interesting monument and an informative post.

Dina said...

He is really big! Bismarck von hinten--that's a funny title.
You make me wonder about the mystery that is unten.

Erin said...

i too, would want to explore under the statue...can imagine what went on under it.
nice captures.
have a wonderful week.

Pyatshaw said...

He sure is a BIG guy!
Scrolled down to some previous posts--wonderful photos of these old timbered houses.

Reader Wil said...

Bismarck was a formidable man like his statue! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your visit. Please tell me what you mean by the typo that doesn't work. The logo in the sidebar works and so does the the link in the text.

Carver said...

Interesting post and wonderful shots of the statue. It is incredible how large it looms.

magiceye said...

a fascinating post and impressive images

Reader Wil said...

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Rob Inukshuk said...

An imposing statue for sure, but then that was the idea I'm sure. Nice idea to show your world.

Louise said...

Terrific post. This interests me even more because my husband is from Bismarck, ND, and is a huge history buff. I will make sure he sees this post, too! Thanks for this!

Gattina said...

Honnestly I never heard or saw a picture of this impressive statue ! it's huge ! I have to say that I have never been in Hamburg and don't know the north of Germany at all. Before "was" moved to Brussels, I lived with my parents in Bonn, but that was 50 years ago, lol !

Maria said...

Wow, das erinnert mich fast ein bisserl an Herr der Ringe! The statue is really huge!