Friday, February 12, 2010

Ruinenberg Potsdam

Near Berlin lies the city of Potsdam the old residence of the former Prussian kings. Far enough from the noisy Berlin Frederick the Great constructed here his palace Sanssouci which is still the main tourist attraction.

To provide the fountains of the gardens with water a great tank was built in 1748 on a hill in front of the palace. So that the great king was not annoyed with the view of a banal tank the hill was decorated with a greek/roman folly ruin. Later in the 19th century when the taste had changed more to medieval ruins a Norman castle was added.

Greek/Roman temple

Norman castle with the tank in front

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