The Befreiungshalle (Hall of Freedom) in Kelheim

The following dictum by King Ludwig I, embedded into the marble floor, commemorates the occasion of the construction of the Befreiungshalle:

MOECHTEN
DIE TEUTSCHEN
NIE VERGESSEN WAS
DEN BEFREIUNGSKAMPF
NOTHWENDIG MACHTE
UND WODURCH SIE
GESIEGT.
(May the Germans
never forget what made necessary the
Struggle for Freedom and by what means they won.)


We visited this place last year in April. This is an amazing work of art. I just admired how Germans really preserved their history and historical buildings like this. Very amazing..Please read a little history about the Befreiungshalle or the Hall of Freedom, also called as The Hall of Liberation in Kelheim.




photos by: Euroangel


source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Befreiungshalle

The Befreiungshalle (“Hall of Liberation”) is an historical classical monument upon Mount Michelsberg above the city of Kelheim in Bavaria, Germany. It stands upstream of Regensburg on the river Danube at the confluence of the Danube and the Altmühl, i.e. the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal.

HISTORY

King Ludwig I of Bavaria ordered the Befreiungshalle to be built in order to commemorate the victories against Napoleon during the Wars of Liberation that lasted from 1813 to 1815.

The construction was started in 1842 by Friedrich von Gärtner in a mixture of classical and Christian styles. At the behest of the King, Leo von Klenze altered the plans and completed the building in 1863. The ceremonial opening took place on October 18, 1863 – the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Nations (Völkerschlacht) near Leipzig.

This inscription of dedication is to be found above the ornamented door frame of the entrance portal:

DEN TEUTSCHEN
BEFREIUNGSKAEMPFERN
LUDWIG I
KOENIG VON BAYERN
(To the German
Liberation Fighters
Ludwig I
King of Bavaria)

 
 

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