The Befreiungshalle, Hall of Liberation in Kelheim, Bavaria

Let’s travel and explore Germany again. This time, we will visit one of the historical structures in Bavaria, Germany. I am featuring the Befreiungshalle, called in English as the Hall of Liberation. It is a historical classical monument upon Mount Michelsberg above the city of Kelheim in Bavaria. 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.

I had seen this monument for a lot of times especially when we visit Kelheim but it is only one time that I was inside of this building. We had a visit here last 2007 and I am thankful that I was able to save the images that I had taken.

the interior of the the Befreiungshalle. All these photos were taken during our visit last April 2007.

The Befreiungshalle or Hall of Liberation in Kelheim, Bavaria, Germany

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.

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.)
wikipedia

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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