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Jun 9, 2021 09:49:37   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
In today's set of images we see more of the statues on the Main Boulevard as we are approaching the New Palace and then a few images of the New Palace.

NEW PALACE - The New Palace is a large building situated on the western side of the Sanssouci park in Potsdam, Germany. The building was begun in 1763, after the end of the Seven Years' War, under King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great) to celebrate Prussia’s success and was completed in 1769. It is considered to be the last great Prussian Baroque palace. In an architectural form, Frederick the Great sought to demonstrate the power and glories of Prussia attributing it as fanfaronade, an excess of splendor in marble, stone and gilt. For the King, the New Palace was not a principal residence, but a display for the reception of important royals and dignitaries. Of the over 200 rooms, four principal gathering rooms and a theater were available for royal functions, balls and state occasions. During his occasional stays at the palace, Frederick occupied a suite of rooms at the southern end of the building, composed of two antechambers, a study, a concert room, a dining salon and a bedroom, among others. After the death of Frederick the Great in 1786, the New Palace fell into disuse and was rarely occupied as a residence or entertainment venue. After the November Revolution and the abdication of Wilhelm II, the New Palace became a museum and remained such until the Second World War. Some of the palace’s treasures were looted by the Soviet Army at the end of the war. Much of its furniture had been removed and taken to the residence of the exiled Wilhelm II at Huis Doorn in the Netherlands. The majority of the furnishings were discovered by the Dutch in the 1970s, still in their original packing crates, and returned to Potsdam. Because of this, and because it escaped bombing in the Second World War, the palace today looks much as it did in 1918.


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TRIP INFO: Set # 1 provides a brief introduction, maps and information for the entire series. Find it at:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-693834-1.html

DETAILS ON POTSDAM: Set 50 provides an intro, see: https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-699827-1.html

EARLIER POSTS of this series: Access my topic list, the new posts are listed in reverse chronological order:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/user-topic-list?usernum=45105

Thank you for visiting, I recommend viewing the downloads and look forward to your comments and questions.

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1 - First glimpse of the New Palace from the Main Boulevard in Sanssouci Park
1 - First glimpse of the New Palace from the Main ...
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2 - Main Boulevard in the park flanked by tall trees fringed with statues and a glimpse of the New Palace
2 - Main Boulevard in the park flanked by tall tre...
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3 - Approaching the New Palace from the Main Boulevard fringed with statues
3 - Approaching the New Palace from the Main Boule...
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4 - Series of statues at the Half Rondell facing the New Palace
4 - Series of statues at the Half Rondell facing t...
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5 - Closer view of the statues at the Half Rondell
5 - Closer view of the statues at the Half Rondell...
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6 - Antinous/Agathos Daimon statue with a snake and a bunch of grapes at the Half Rondell
6 - Antinous/Agathos Daimon statue with a snake an...
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7 - Statue of Asklepios (Greek god of medicine) with a snake at the Half Rondell
7 - Statue of Asklepios (Greek god of medicine) wi...
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8 - New Palace (1769)
8 - New Palace (1769)...
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9 - Central section of the New Palace (try DDL)
9 - Central section of the New Palace  (try DDL)...
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10 - Northern wing of the New Palace embellished with many statues and a fountain on the lawn
10 - Northern wing of the New Palace embellished w...
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Jun 9, 2021 09:50:31   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
City map of Potsdam for your reference


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Jun 9, 2021 09:51:49   #
angler Loc: StHelens England
 
Superb set Joe.

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Jun 9, 2021 10:07:38   #
ssymeono Loc: St. Louis, Missouri
 
Excellent essay and superb images. I am surprised to see the first statue: Antinous (Greek Antinoös) was the leader of Penelope's suitors and the first to be killed by Odysseus with a "bitter arrow" (Odyssey 22.8).

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Jun 9, 2021 10:18:54   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
angler wrote:
Superb set Joe.


Thank you very much Jim!

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Jun 9, 2021 10:20:46   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
ssymeono wrote:
Excellent essay and superb images. I am surprised to see the first statue: Antinous (Greek Antinoös) was the leader of Penelope's suitors and the first to be killed by Odysseus with a "bitter arrow" (Odyssey 22.8).


Thank you ssymeono for looking in on my travelogue and your kind comment, as well as providing some further information on the underlying Greek history - welcome aboard the tour!

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Jun 9, 2021 10:32:54   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Very good series, Joe.

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Jun 9, 2021 11:58:28   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
They must have a statue of every important person in that time. Excellent captures, Joe. The dome in number nine appears to be damaged on the left side. Does it leak? !!

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Jun 9, 2021 12:20:12   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
Earnest Botello wrote:
Very good series, Joe.


Thank you very much Earnest.

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Jun 9, 2021 12:22:39   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
NMGal wrote:
They must have a statue of every important person in that time. Excellent captures, Joe. The dome in number nine appears to be damaged on the left side. Does it leak? !!


Thank you Barbara - I think that amount of statues at this New Palace, as well as in the gardens is just staggering, I don't think I have ever seen that many statues in one place in my life. As to the roof: yes, it looks like it is damaged, but since this is now a museum, I would very much assume that they have any potential leakage problem under control.

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Jun 9, 2021 15:58:51   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
More good tour, Joe! #1 really got my attention.

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Jun 9, 2021 16:07:50   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
UTMike wrote:
More good tour, Joe! #1 really got my attention.


Thank you Mike, the combination of park and castles was indeed an interesting element in this part of the tour.

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Jun 9, 2021 16:27:47   #
joecichjr Loc: Illinois, USA
 
weberwest wrote:
In today's set of images we see more of the statues on the Main Boulevard as we are approaching the New Palace and then a few images of the New Palace.

NEW PALACE - The New Palace is a large building situated on the western side of the Sanssouci park in Potsdam, Germany. The building was begun in 1763, after the end of the Seven Years' War, under King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great) to celebrate Prussia’s success and was completed in 1769. It is considered to be the last great Prussian Baroque palace. In an architectural form, Frederick the Great sought to demonstrate the power and glories of Prussia attributing it as fanfaronade, an excess of splendor in marble, stone and gilt. For the King, the New Palace was not a principal residence, but a display for the reception of important royals and dignitaries. Of the over 200 rooms, four principal gathering rooms and a theater were available for royal functions, balls and state occasions. During his occasional stays at the palace, Frederick occupied a suite of rooms at the southern end of the building, composed of two antechambers, a study, a concert room, a dining salon and a bedroom, among others. After the death of Frederick the Great in 1786, the New Palace fell into disuse and was rarely occupied as a residence or entertainment venue. After the November Revolution and the abdication of Wilhelm II, the New Palace became a museum and remained such until the Second World War. Some of the palace’s treasures were looted by the Soviet Army at the end of the war. Much of its furniture had been removed and taken to the residence of the exiled Wilhelm II at Huis Doorn in the Netherlands. The majority of the furnishings were discovered by the Dutch in the 1970s, still in their original packing crates, and returned to Potsdam. Because of this, and because it escaped bombing in the Second World War, the palace today looks much as it did in 1918.


Notes
TRIP INFO: Set # 1 provides a brief introduction, maps and information for the entire series. Find it at:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-693834-1.html

DETAILS ON POTSDAM: Set 50 provides an intro, see: https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-699827-1.html

EARLIER POSTS of this series: Access my topic list, the new posts are listed in reverse chronological order:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/user-topic-list?usernum=45105

Thank you for visiting, I recommend viewing the downloads and look forward to your comments and questions.

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In today's set of images we see more of the statue... (show quote)


Ad usual, utterly dazzling ✳️🎯✳️🎯✳️

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Jun 9, 2021 19:36:50   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
joecichjr wrote:
Ad usual, utterly dazzling ✳️🎯✳️🎯✳️


Thank you very much Joe for your kind words, glad you enjoyed the set.

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Jun 9, 2021 22:58:43   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Another fine set, Joe.

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