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Jun 10, 2021 10:43:01   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
South of the Main Boulevard, in close proximity to the New Palace stands the Temple of Friendship which, together with an adjacent structure, is the subject of todays set of images.

TEMPLE OF FRIENDSHIP (Freundschaftstempel) - A small, round building in Sanssouci Park, built by King Frederick II of Prussia in memory of his sister, Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia, who died in 1758. The building, in the form of a classical temple, was built south of the park's main boulevard between 1768 and 1770, it complements the Temple of Antiquities, which lies due north of the boulevard on an axis with this temple. To honor the memory of Wilhelmine, Frederick chose the form of an open, round temple with a shallow domed roof supported by eight Corinthian columns. This monopteros type architectural structure has its origins in ancient Greece, where such buildings were erected over cult statues and tombstones. In a shallow alcove at the back wall of the temple is a life-sized statue of Wilhelmine of Bayreuth, holding a book in her hand. The marble figure is based on a portrait painting. The medallions on the columns depicting pairs of friends in classical antiquity as well as the book in Wilhelmine's hand point to her fascination with that era.


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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 - Temple of Friendship, built in 1770 by King Frederick II in memory of his sister Princess Wilhelmine who died in 1758
1 - Temple of Friendship, built in 1770 by King Fr...
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2 - Frontal view with the statue of Wilhelmine of Bayreuth in the interior; the medallions on the columns depict pairs of friends in classical antiquity
2 - Frontal view with the statue of Wilhelmine of ...
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3 - Statue of Wilhelmine of Bayreuth
3 - Statue of Wilhelmine of Bayreuth...
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4 - Close-up of the statue of Wilhelmine of Bayreuth with her dog
4 - Close-up of the statue of Wilhelmine of Bayreu...
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5 - Trellised gazebo near the Temple of Friendship, richly decorated with gilded ornaments
5 - Trellised gazebo near the Temple of Friendship...
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6 - Detail of gilded ornaments decorating the trellised gazebo near the Temple of Friendship
6 - Detail of gilded ornaments decorating the trel...
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7 - Detail of trellised gazebo near the Temple of Friendship, richly decorated with gilded ornaments
7 - Detail of trellised gazebo near the Temple of ...
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8 - Decoration close-up
8 - Decoration close-up...
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9 - Close-up of the statue of a girl playing a flute
9 - Close-up of the statue of a girl playing a flu...
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10 - Beautiful tree canopy
10 -  Beautiful tree canopy...
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Jun 10, 2021 10:43:57   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
City map of Potsdam for your reference


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Jun 10, 2021 10:53:17   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Nicely done once again and once again thanks for the narrative.

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Jun 10, 2021 10:59:26   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
kpmac wrote:
Nicely done once again and once again thanks for the narrative.


Thank you again Ken for staying with the tour and your kind comments, glad to hear that you enjoyed the narrative as well.

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Jun 10, 2021 12:59:18   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Beautiful set, Joe! That gazebo is striking.

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Jun 10, 2021 12:59:53   #
angler Loc: StHelens England
 
Excellent set Joe.

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Jun 10, 2021 13:22:31   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
UTMike wrote:
Beautiful set, Joe! That gazebo is striking.


Thanks Mike, yes, I love that airy gazebo and its many small decorative and structural elements which are great for photography, I also very much like the simple temple of friendship with its classical design.

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Jun 10, 2021 13:23:20   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
angler wrote:
Excellent set Joe.


Thank you very much Jim, happy to hear that you like this set with our stroll in the forested part of the park.

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Jun 10, 2021 13:24:14   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
You’re still going strong.

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Jun 10, 2021 13:31:31   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
NMGal wrote:
You’re still going strong.


Thanks Barbara, yes, I am nearing the end of the coverage for Germany, but there is a lot of Poland left to explore!

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Jun 11, 2021 07:50:54   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Still enjoying the photos of your travels.

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Jun 11, 2021 08:27:29   #
yssirk123 Loc: New Jersey
 
Wonderful set Joe - you are well traveled!!

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Jun 11, 2021 10:08:06   #
MT native Loc: Big Sky Country — Montana
 
Very nice series. Beautiful.

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Jun 11, 2021 10:50:48   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
jaymatt wrote:
Still enjoying the photos of your travels.


Thanks John, glad to hear that!

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Jun 11, 2021 10:52:47   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
yssirk123 wrote:
Wonderful set Joe - you are well traveled!!


Thanks Bill, traveling definitely was not in the DNA of my family line, as they all lived very close to their ancient birthplace, but something must have clicked with me and our children: It is a great world out there to see and explore ....

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