Friday, April 30, 2010

Potsdam - Summer Palace Sanssouci ...

... Park Sanssouci map ...
source: infoboard

... a trellised gazebo (1775) ...

... detail sun symbol ...

... Summer Palace (1745-1747)
by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff ...
... the South or Garden façade and corps de logis ...

source: german-architecture.info

... 36 sandstone bacchants (1745-1747)
by Friedrich Christian Glume ...
... architectural detail from the central bow

of the garden façade ...
source: german-architecture.info

... the terrace gardens, looking down from
the palace, towards the Park ...

... panoramic vista of the Große Fontäne / (1748)
Great Fountain with French Rondel ...

... detail of a carved marble bench ...

... Element Air, two nymphs with hunted heron (1739)
by Lambert Sigisbert Adam
...
source: de.wikipedia.org

... coral marble column (11 m.) , surmounted
by a statue of Venus de' Medici (1844) ...


... marble wall fountain with Clio, muse of history (1857)
by Friedrich Ochs ...
source: de.wikipedia.org

... Hauptallee view on the New Palace ...

Sanssouci ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great,
King of Prussia, in Potsdam ...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Potsdam - Park Sanssouci / Chinese House ...

... Chinesischen Teehaus / Chinese House (1755-1764)
designed by Johann Gottfried Büring;
... a pavilion in the Chinoiserie style: a mixture of
rococo elements coupled with
Oriental architecture ...
source: en.wikipedia.org

... The cupola crowning the roof is surmounted by
a gilded Chinese figure with an open parasol.
Friedrich Jury created it in copper after
a design by the sculptor
Benjamin Giese ...
source: en.wikipedia.org

... gilded sandstone music-making Chinese figure ...

... Frederick the Great modeled the Chinese House
on
the Maison du trefle, a 1738 garden
pavilion
in the palace grounds of Lunéville ...
source: en.wikipedia.org

... gilded sandstone columns, the work of the Swiss
ornamental sculptor Johann Melchior Kambly,
who was in the employ of Frederick the Great
from 1746 ...

... the gilded sandstone sculptures that sit at the feet
of the columns originate from the workshops of
the sculptors Johann Gottlieb Heymüller and
Johann Peter Benckert.

source: en.wikipedia.org

.... ceiling birds and monkey (1756) ...
... Thomas Huber also painted the ceilings of
the empty chambers on the exterior surface...
source: en.wikipedia.org

... People from the area stood as models for the eating,
drinking and music-making Chinese figures,
which explains the statues' European features ...

source: en.wikipedia.org

Chinese House ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The building was Frederick the Great's attempt
to follow the Chinese fashion of the 18th century ...

... There is hardly another building that embodies
the preference of the time for Chinoiserie as well
as the
Chinese House in Sanssouci Park ...
source: nugo.org

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Potsdam - Park Sanssouci / New Palace ...

... Hauptallee to the Neues Palais / New Palace ...

... faun playing flute - Royal Park Sanssouci ...

... the Temple of Friendship (1768-1770)
by Carl von Gontard ...

... the Temple of Friendship ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
in memory of Frederick the Great's favourite
sister,
Margravine Wilhelmine of Bayreuth ...

... Neues Palais / New Palace , 1756-63 ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... It is considered to be the last great
Prussian baroque palace ...
... Over 400 sandstone statues and figures adorn
the palace and auxiliary buildings, created by many
notable sculptors, namely Johann Peter Benckert,
Johann Matthias Gottlieb Heymüller, the brothers
Johann David and Johann Lorenz Räntz and more ...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sachsenhausen ...

... Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum ...

... perimeter watchtower ...

... and Prisoners' Camp wall ...

... Tower A - entrance to the Prisoners' Camp ...

... Sachsenhausen National Memorial (1961) ...
... view on wall around Appellplatz / Roll Call Area
indicating
positions of barrack blocks ...

... the entrance gate is mounted with
the inscription 'Work will set you free' ...

... recreation of the security perimeter ...

... stones indicating positions of barrack 29 and 30,
one of the perimeter watchtowers in distance...

... view on barracks 38 and 39, the small camp ...
... wall indicating positions of barrack blocks ...

... Tower A - entrance viewed from the Memorial ...

... prisoners' laundry room / meeting room, Soviet
Liberation Memorial and site of the Gallows ...


... prison cell ...

... a small bunch of local wild flowers, in
barrack 39,
to commemorate the prisoners
...
... barracks 38 and 39 describes the everyday life
of prisoners at Sachsenhausen ...

... Orientation on the area of the Memorial
and Museum Sachsenhausen ...

... the Museum and Memorial encompass only around
10 percent of the old concentration camp ...


by stiftung-bg.de
... History - Map - Exhibitions ...

First they came ... by Reverend Martin Niemöller,
a critic of the Nazis ,
was a prisoner at Sachsenhausen.


"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."

First they came... ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
Martin Niemöller's poem is well-known, frequently quoted, and is
a popular model for describing the dangers of political apathy,
as it often begins with specific and targeted fear and hatred
which soon escalates out of control ...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lehnitzschleuse / Lehnitz lock ...

... SS-rifle range under construction, 1938
source photo : Margharete Collins

... SS Rifle range and Bread Factory ...
... In 1939-1940 the Sachsenhausen Concentration
Camp prisoners built a bread factory near the Lehnitz
lock which supplied the concentration camp and
the SS headquarters. Up to eighty prisoners
worked in the 'Bakery Commando'

source: info board

... 1941 - 1945 : 'Bakery Commando'
1946 - 1991 : Volkseigene Betrieb (VEB)
KONSUM Oranienburg - GDR era
In September 1994, a fire destroyed
parts of the bakery ...
source: Wilhelm Nagel
... In 1948 the ruins of the destroyed 'brick work' of the
Sachsenhausen concentration camp were removed ...

... In 1991 the VEB Bread Factory Oranienburg
was abandoned
and became a 'lost place' ...

... outside the abandoned Bread Factory, April 2010 ...

... bakery machinery ...

... sprechen verboten /talking strictly prohibited ...

... Leihgut KBB Oranienburg / returnable packaging ...

... Konsum Backwarenbetrieb Oranienburg /
Betriebsteil Backerei Oranienburg ...

Volkseigene Betrieb ... (EN)
people-owned enterprise, abbreviation: VEB
by en.wikipedia.org
... was the legal form of industrial enterprise in East Germany.
They were publicly owned and were routinely combined with
other organizational units called Kombinate.

Urban exploration ... (EN)
often shortened as urbex or UE
by en.wikipedia.org
... is the examination of the normally unseen or
off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities ...
...
Ventures into abandoned structures are perhaps
the most common example of urban exploration ...

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