10/11/2018 – The Siegessäule

The Siegessäule (Victory Column) was originally erected in 1873 to commemorate victory over the Danes but by the time it was inaugurated, Prussia had also defeated Austria and France, giving the column a whole new purpose.

The cannon barrels which decorate the sandstone exterior were captured during the aforementioned wars and a bronze sculpture of Victoria sits atop the entire structure.

The whole column is 67 meters tall, and the viewing platform offers a fantastic view over the Tiergarten from which the Brandenburger Tor is also visible.

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© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2018

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