Walhalla: The Parthenon in Germany

We had the chance to visit again Walhalla in Donaustauf in the state of Bavaria, Germany. This is already the third time I visited this place. The first one was in August 2006, second was in February 2008 and last Saturday May 9, 2009. I truly wonder the architecture of this great building. Imagine the huge posts that surrounds the building!…very amazing! I bought last year a small book about Walhalla. Since I can’t find it now, I borrowed some information in Wikipedia for you to know more about Walhalla.

As you can see in one of the pictures here, there is a River that flows near Walhalla Temple. It is the Europe’s second longest river named Danube River or Donau in German language. This is the first time I went on the very foot of the temple because the first and second time we went here, it is under renovation. The renovation is still going on until now but you can already go until the foot. I guess that’s all for now..I still need to visit my other sites for some updates! have fun viewing the photos here.

About Walhalla Temple

The Walhalla Hall of Fame and Honor is a neo-classical hall of fame located on the Danube River 10 km east of Regensburg, in Bavaria, Germany. It was built between 1830 and 1842 by the architect Leo von Klenze.

It was the idea of 20-year-old Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1807, at a time when the German states were defeated and occupied by Napoleon. It was meant as a place for the commemoration of great figures and events in ethnic German history, at the time covering 1,800 years, beginning with the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (9 AD).

Whereas the Valhalla of Norse mythology was home to those gloriously slain in battle, Ludwig’s Walhalla was intended not only for warriors but also for scientists, writers, clerics and specifically also for women.

Decades before the German Empire was founded in 1871, “German” was understood as “Germanic,” since Gothic, Langobardic, Anglo-Saxon, Dutch and Swiss German figures were included, as well as persons who had gained fame mainly in other countries or for non-German governments.

By the time of King Ludwig I’s coronation in 1825, 60 busts had already been completed. In 1826, he commissioned a temple above the Danube near Regensburg, modeled after the Parthenon in Athens. The northern frieze features personifications of German states; the southern a battle scene.[citation needed]

On the Walhalla’s inauguration on October 18, 1842, there were 96 busts, plus 64 plaques for persons or events of which no portrait was available on which to model a sculpture. As being “of the German tongue” was the main selection criterion for the original 160 persons representing the 1,800 years, the King included persons from modern-day Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland and the Baltic States.

As successor to the King, the government of Bavaria decides on additions. Proposals may be made by anyone, but only persons who have been dead at least 20 years are eligible. Only 31 busts have been added since, on an irregular basis, for a total of 191, twelve of them female. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walhalla_temple

 
 

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