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  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal - Leipzig
      Völkerschlachtdenkmal
    by Kathrin_E
  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal - Leipzig
      Völkerschlachtdenkmal
    by Kathrin_E
  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal - Leipzig
      Völkerschlachtdenkmal
    by Kathrin_E
 

The monument was erected in 1913 for the centenary of the Battle of the Nations near Leipzig.

In 1813 the allied forces fought Napoleon in the so-called Völkerschlacht (Peoples? Battle) near Leipzig and achieved a victory that lead to Napoleon?s defeat and banning to Elba. Those times when the Holy Roman Empire had fallen apart and large parts were occupied by the French saw the first awakening of a German nationalism.
For the centenary of the battle a monument was erected on the outskirts of Leipzig. In 1913, on the eve of World War I, this was seen as a national event. Emperor Wilhelm II and the crowned heads of several states that had participated in the battle showed up for the inauguration.

The interior is dedicated to the memorial of the dead. 16 stone warriors keep watch in the hall. If visitors kept silence, this would be a solemn and almost scary place of remembrance.

If there ever is a ?World?s Top 10 Ugliest Monuments? collection, my candidate will be this one. One simply has to see it because of its unbelievable monstrosity. Once is enough, though.
Another reason to visit is the view from the top. Climb 500 steps to reach the top platform. Hint: The stairways in the upper part are extremely narrow and passing is almost impossible. Please observe the traffic lights that regulate traffic up and down.

More photos in my travelogue pages.

Address: Prager Straße | 04299 Leipzig
Directions: Take the tram to "Völkerschlachtdenkmal", it is too far to walk from the cty centre.

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2009
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