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Perhaps the heart of Karlsruhe today is not the palace, but the market square. At its centre is a pyramid, marking the grave of the city's founding father, Margrave Karl Wilhelm. This pyramid, built in 1825, is the symbol of Karlsruhe. The sarcophagus containing the ashes of the Margrave is still inside the pyramid but it is not open to the public. However, our excellent VT guide Andrea told us how, on a rare occasion when the pyramid was open for viewing, a visitor left his umbrella inside, where it remains to this day!
At the market place you will find the town hall to the west and the Evangelical church to the east. You will also find many places to relax over a drink or light meal – we enjoyed an afternoon coffee in the café at the north-west corner.
Andrea told us that almost certainly when you come to this square you will find some sort of activity – a market, entertainment or some other event. On the morning of our visit this was certainly true, as the square was given over to a demonstration by the local fire brigade. By the afternoon this had finished, but the market was still in full flow, and musicians were touring the various cafés. Of course they expected a tip for their trouble, but we were happy to oblige, and in return I could take a few photos.
Symbol to the founder
The pyramid in the Markplatz is a symbol to the founder of Karlsruhe Margrave Karl Wilhelm. There was once a church here where the founder was buried but this was torn down and the pyramid erected in the early 1800’s. It was lucky to survive the wars because of the way it was built.. It is an ideal meeting place when you are in Karlsruhe.
A neo classical building in the Markplatx is the Rathaus (Town hall). There is a lovely balcony on it from on which the band plays during the Christmas market.
This real eye catcher was built by the architect Friedrich Weinbrenner
Karlsruher Marktplatz (marketplace)
This place is at least once a week what it says, a market place, as you can see on the photo. Besides it is one of the main central places of the city, with the old town hall and the protestant town church next to it (constructed by Weinbrenner). Besides the tram passes this place, the most important directions cross on this place.
meanwhile a symbol of the street it started as a interim solution to give the grave of Margrave Karl Wilhelm a new "roof", because the formally one, the concordia chruch has been torn down due to lack of space. So first a wood construction has been constructed and about 100 years later the now existing stone construction has been finalized.
The Church, where Margrave Karl Wilhelm had been laid to rest, had to be torn down in 1807 due to lack of space. Weinbrenner now had to ensure that the now unprotected crypt was covered up again.
He had a wooden pyramid constructed, had it coated with oil paint, surrounded by sandstone blocks to deter intruders, and a wooden sentry box set up beside it. The temporary structure stood until 1818 and 7 years later it was replaced by a pyramid made of stone.
Grand Duke Ludwig had the following inscription engraved into the pyramid's north flank: Here / where Margrave Carl once / in the shadows of the Hardtwald / sought peace / and built for himself the city / that preserves his name / at the place / where he found everlasting peace / dedicates to him this memorial / that locks away his ashes / in grateful memory Ludwig Wilhelm August / Grand Duke / 1823.
The pyramid remained in its original location as it has since become the symbol of Karlsruhe. The monument survived the two wars practically unharmed by the bomb explosions thanks to its shape. The stone sarcophagus containing the ashes of Margrave Karl Wilhelm is still inside the pyramid but it is not open to the public.
The pyramid is the landmark of Karlsruhe and similar to its much bigger counterparts in Egypt it's a tomb. It was build over the crypt of Margrave Karl Wilhelm (the city founder), first as a wooden pyramid and then as the current stoney one.
Marktplatz is the central square of the city, so it's truly unlikely that you'll miss it. It features a Pyramid that has become a symbol of the city. There is also the city's Rathaus (picture) and the amazing thing is that anyone can go inside and basically meet the major. Who always rides his bike to work, by the way. Contrary to Russian authorities who never appear in public and are basically too important to do that kind of stuff. From Marktplatz you can also walk directly to the Castle.
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The Stadt Kirche, an Evangelical municipal church, was build by the Architecht Friedrich Weinbrenner between 1807 and 1816. The church served as the cathedral for the Baden state.
The belltower is 61.7m high, with 150 steps leading to the viewing platform, where a birdseye view of the city is provided. The tower was modelled on a Greek Temple, and supports a 2.7m high Angel of Peace, which acts as a weather cock.
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Now the symbol of Karlsruhe, the unmissable pyramid in the marktplatz has quite a history and Raison d'Être. The Pyramid was built in 1823, on the site of the first church of Karlsruhe, the Konkordienkirche. The Pyramid was built to house the tomb of the city's founder, Margrave Karl Wilhelm.
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There are many markets in Karlsruhe. You'll find local vegetables, fruits, honey , cheese and meat. But also exotic fruits are sold here. I always love to walk across a market, even though I don't buy much.
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Karlsruhe is known for it's little pyramide in the center of town. A famous architect loved the Egyptian type of architecture and put a pyramide and oblisque in the middle of Karlsruhe. (Sorry, I wish I had a better picture)
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Following the main street from the castle, Kaiser Strasse you come across a busy square. On its southern end is a reddish building, the town hall. The building from 1821 attracts with a neo-classic gallery marked by huge pillars.
The exterior of the Evangelic Church was rebuilt to its former glance. A huge portico with high white pillars attracts visitor to come in. Unfortunately the interior is everything but attractive. Spartan interor in the 1960s style. In the crypt of the chruch lies Karsruhe's most important architect, Weinbrenners, and his family.
One of the main streets from the castle leads you to the market square with a remarkable Pyramid. This stony construction of 1823 was erected above the city founder's grave. He, Margrave Karl Wilhelm von Baden-Durlach, laid down the foundation stone of the castle here on June 17, 1715.
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