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Neue Wache

Neue Wache

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Monument
Ranked #40 in Berlin things to do
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Unter den Linden 4, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 25002333
https://www.visitberlin.de/de/neue-wache
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The Neue Wache or New Guardhouse is a memorial to the victims of war and tyranny. Kathe Köllwitz famous Pietà sculpture - Mother and her Dead Son - can be admired here. It is ... Read more
located between the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German History Museum) or former Armoury and the Humboldt University. This was Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s first important building commission in Berlin part of his classical architectural legacy to Berlin. Erected in 1818 as a monument to the victims of the anti-Napoleonic wars it has been the reunited Federal Republic of Germany’s main monument for the commemoration of the victims of war and tyranny since 1993. It served as a monument in three distinctive phases of German history. Until 1918 it was a memorial to the Wars of Liberation. From 1931, under Reichspresident Paul von Hindenburg, Heinrich Tessenow converted the monument into a memorial for the victims of the First World War by covering up an inner courtyard which only let through a slither of light. The task of transforming the monument fell into the hands of architect Heinrich Tessenow who produced a black granite block structure with a gold and silver Eichenlaubkranz. In the period following the end of the Second World War and the memorial’s destruction the GDR leadership turned it into the monument for the victims of Fascism and militarism. An eternal flame was placed in a cube above the ashes of an unknown concentration camp prisoner and an unknown fallen soldier. German reunification found a suitable symbol for the memorial in Käthe Kollwitz wrenching sculpture also known as her Pietà – Mother and her Dead Son – to express the perpetual tragedy of the loss of life caused by war and tyranny. Today the underground room includes the remains of an unknown soldier, a resistance fighter and soil from battlefields and concentration camps. The classical elements include the cubic form reminiscent of a roman Castrum with a sandstone vestibule. The columns are decorated with metal Victorias in place of the classical triglyph and metope frieze. ( Text: Berlin.de ) Adresse: Unter den Linden 10117 Berlin zum Stadtplan Architekt: Karl Friedrich Schinkel Stil: classizism Nahverkehr: Tram: Am Kupfergraben: M1 Georgenstr./Am Kupfergraben: M1 S Hackescher Markt: M1, M4, M5, M6 Universitätsstr.: M1 Bus: Lustgarten: 100, 200, N2 S Hackescher Markt: N2, N40, N42, N5, N65, N8 Staatsoper: 100, 200, N2, TXL S-Bahn: S Hackescher Markt: S5, S7, S75

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Erected to memorialize the dead from all wars and dictatorships, including those who died in concentration camps the building and its lone interior statue inspires through its simplicity.

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London, UK

The Neue Wache is an odd little building on Unter den Linden. It’s an old guardhouse that, during the DDR era, served as a 'Memorial to the Victims of Fascism and Militarism'. After the Wall came down it was re-dedicated to serve as a memorial to the ‘victims of war and tyranny’. It's a very simple memorial: it's just a large empty room with a statue by Käthe Kollwitz “Mother with Dead Son” in the centre - the statue sits underneath a large hole in the ceiling, which allows the light (or outdoor elements - rain, snow, etc.) in. It’s very moving and definitely worth a look inside.

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Antwerpen, Belgium

This is were the Germans remember those who died in war. A very anti-militaristic monument, no soldiers, no heroics, no... Only inside the impressing statue of a mother mourning her dead son (made by Käthe Kollwitz), in empty space where only 1 light source form above illuminates it. Take some time to let this scene reach your hart and touch your emotions.

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The Neue Wache or New Guardhouse is a memorial to the victims of war and tyranny. Kathe Köllwitz famous Pietà sculpture - Mother and her Dead Son - can be admired here.

It is located between the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German History Museum) or former Armoury and the Humboldt University. This was Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s first important building commission in Berlin part of his classical architectural legacy to Berlin. Erected in 1818 as a monument to the victims of the anti-Napoleonic wars it has been the reunited Federal Republic of Germany’s main monument for the commemoration of the victims of war and tyranny since 1993.

It served as a monument in three distinctive phases of German history. Until 1918 it was a memorial to the Wars of Liberation. From 1931, under Reichspresident Paul von Hindenburg, Heinrich Tessenow converted the monument into a memorial for the victims of the First World War by covering up an inner courtyard which only let through a slither of light. The task of transforming the monument fell into the hands of architect Heinrich Tessenow who produced a black granite block structure with a gold and silver Eichenlaubkranz. In the period following the end of the Second World War and the memorial’s destruction the GDR leadership turned it into the monument for the victims of Fascism and militarism. An eternal flame was placed in a cube above the ashes of an unknown concentration camp prisoner and an unknown fallen soldier.

German reunification found a suitable symbol for the memorial in Käthe Kollwitz wrenching sculpture also known as her Pietà – Mother and her Dead Son – to express the perpetual tragedy of the loss of life caused by war and tyranny. Today the underground room includes the remains of an unknown soldier, a resistance fighter and soil from battlefields and concentration camps.

The classical elements include the cubic form reminiscent of a roman Castrum with a sandstone vestibule. The columns are decorated with metal Victorias in place of the classical triglyph and metope frieze.
( Text: Berlin.de )
Adresse:
Unter den Linden
10117 Berlin
zum Stadtplan
Architekt: Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Stil: classizism
Nahverkehr:
Tram:
Am Kupfergraben: M1
Georgenstr./Am Kupfergraben: M1
S Hackescher Markt: M1, M4, M5, M6
Universitätsstr.: M1
Bus:
Lustgarten: 100, 200, N2
S Hackescher Markt: N2, N40, N42, N5, N65, N8
Staatsoper: 100, 200, N2, TXL
S-Bahn:
S Hackescher Markt: S5, S7, S75

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Bogota, Colombia

Big sensation of a mother's pain.

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Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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