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Monuments

William Shakespeare in Weimar

Monument to William Shakespeare in Weimar 20180504

On my walk through the Ilm Park (Park an der Ilm), I come across this monument to William Shakespeare. What a surprise. I did know that Weimar is known for Goethe, Schiller, and Herder. What is the link to Shakespeare? In fact, Goethe played an important role in this question.

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Manhole Covers

Manhole cover in Berlin

Manhole cover in Berlin, Germany

This manhole cover displays the main sights of Berlin. The buildings shown starting from the bottom in a clockwise direction: Brandenburg Gate, Television Tower, Reichstag Building, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Olympiastadion, Federal Chancellery Building, Victory Column.

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Sculptures

Centurione I (1987) in Bamberg

Centurione I by Igor Mitoraj in Bamberg, Germany

This sculpture was created in 1987 by Polish artist Igor Mitoraj. It is located near the Old Town Hall on the Lower Bridge in Bamberg. In the background you can see Michelsberg Abbey, which is currently being renovated.

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Palaces

Ehrenburg Palace in Coburg

Ehrenburg Palace in Coburg, Germany

Ehrenburg palace (Schloss Ehrenburg) was the residence palace of the dukes of Saxe-Coburg until 1918. It was built in the 16th century from a Franciscan monastery. The present façade in English Gothic Revival style was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the beginning of the 19th century.

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Architecture

Horse’s head in Coburg

Horse's head at the former riding hall of Coburg, GermanyThe Coburg Riding Hall (Coburger Reiterhalle) is in the immediate vicinity of Ehrenburg Palace (Schloss Ehrenburg). It was built in 1852 according to the plans of master builder Georg Konrad Rothbart. The sculptural horse’s head in the tondo directly above the pointed arch portal was created by Theodor Behrens.

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Coat of Arms Manhole Covers

Manhole Cover in Coburg

Manhole cover in Coburg, Germany

The manhole covers in Coburg show the city arms. They display the head of Saint Maurice, the patron of the city. According to legend, Saint Maurice died as leader of the Theban Legion a martyr’s death in the 3rd century. In general, this depiction of him is known as Coburger Mohr (Coburg Moor).

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Railways

Talent 2 at railway station Halle (Saale)

Talent 2 at the railway station of Halle (Saale), Germany

The Talent 2 is a multiple unit railcar manufactured by Bombardier Transportation. The first trains were produced in 2008. The design of the cab ends made German people to call this type of train Hamsterbacke (hamster cheek). The depicted train is run by the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland.

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Castles

Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale)

Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale), Germany

Giebichenstein Castle (Burg Giebichenstein) is part of the Romanesque Road (Strasse der Romanik). Today it is used by the Kunsthochschule Halle (Academy of Arts). Being a Burgward in the 9th century, the castle became a royal residence of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Museums

Handel House in Halle (Saale)

Room 'Under the Sun of Arcadia' in the Handel House of Halle (Saale), Germany

“Under the Sun of Arcadia” – one of several rooms at the Handel House (Händelhaus) in Halle. The magical atmosphere of the room refers to the idea that George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel) wrote many of his compositions under an arbour in Italy.

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Fountains Sculptures

Donkey fountain in Halle (Saale)

Donkey foutain on the Old Market in Halle (Saale), Germany

The Donkey Fountain (Eselsbrunnen) on the Old Market (Alter Markt) in Halle (Saale) was built in 1913. The bronze sculpture was created by the sculptor Heinrich Keiling. The man who walks with a donkey over a rug of roses refers to an old legend.

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Libraries

Library of the Francke Foundations in Halle (Saale)

Library of the Francke Foundation in Halle (Saale)

The library was founded at the beginning of the 18th century by August Hermann Francke for the teachers and pupils at the schools of the Francke Foundations. The edifice built in the years 1726-1728 is regarded as Germany’s oldest surviving secular library building.

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Museums

Cabinet of curiosities at the Francke Foundations

Crocodile at the cabinet of curiosities in Halle (Saale)

The cabinet of art and natural history (Kunst- und Naturalienkammer) was created by August Hermann Francke in 1698. Today this collection is regarded as the only fully preserved cabinet of curiosities dating from the Baroque age.