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The Victory Column in Berlin

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On the occasion of this week’s photo challenge, I’m sharing a picture of the Siegessäule in Berlin, the Victory Column.

The Siegessäule was constructed to commemorate Prussia’s victory in the so-called unification wars which include the Danish-Prussian War, the Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-Prussian War, all in the second half of the nineteenth century. The bronze sculpture of Victoria on top is also known as Goldelse (“Golden Lizzy“).

This monument is one of Berlin’s major tourist attractions and you may even go on top and enjoy the view over the city. To me, this column evoques a feeling of home as I see it every day when crossing the street. It nowadays stands on a large intersection on the axis leading from East to West through Alexanderplatz and the Brandenburg Gate towards the Western parts of Berlin.

For other interpretations of Victory have a look here.


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