Saturday, April 29, 2006

Niederwald Denkmal - "Germania"

This is the view up to the Niederwald monument (also called "Germania"). In the foreground you see the cable cars going up the hill.

The history of the Germania dates back to 1871 when the different principalities where united to one country - Germany. Some people say that it points south to Bavaria since they were the last ones to join the unity ;).

12 Comments:

At 8:17 PM, Blogger micki said...

Lovely, quite beautiful! Very nice shot.

 
At 11:23 PM, Anonymous deji77 said...

uv got some beautiful pictures here. but most importantly i love ur documentation of "ur region." nice work.

 
At 2:11 AM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

Was Bavaria last to join because they were more akin to Austria? But then Austria was head of the Hapsburg Empire back then... I know the Rheingau was also a majority Catholic region, but very distant culturally from the southeastern Deutschsprägigeraum in Bavaria, Austria and Sudtirol ...

But there are so many things about German and Germanic history I don't know. The more you study, the less you know!

 
At 3:57 AM, Blogger Wolf said...

Nice picture, looks like a big statue!

 
At 6:26 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Love to read the history behind your photos. Nice job on that.

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger Sidney said...

Quite a lot of history in this picture !

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger Lorraine said...

Spectacular! you used sepia tone, right? I'd be curious to see it in its original composition (should you feel like it :)

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger Maya said...

Nice effects...:-) "Germania" is like Statue of Liberty, isn't it? Is the statue given to Germany? if it is, from who?

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

micki - thank you!

deji77 - thanks! As you can see, I'm having a lot of fun with it :).

lagatta - no, I think Bavaria was more influenced by France not to join since France seemed to be worried about having a large united country as a neighbor. And Bismarck wasn't really helpful in smoothing their worries ;).

wolf - the statue itself is 11,80m high. The part it's standing on about 26m so that makes quite a height!

jill & sidney - thank you!

lorraine - yes, I tinted and tweaked it a bit. Thought the sepia would underline the history. :)

maya - no, the statue wasn't given but built here on the orders of Bismarck who thought it would underline the importance of the unity.

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger Mohammadreza said...

Very beautiful place and a calming picture. I'd love to be there.

 
At 3:19 AM, Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice landscape...the duo tone makes a nice clossic look:-)

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thanks mohammadreza and outdoorexposure!

 

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