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Victory column of Berlin was constructed in 1873 after a few years to commemorate Prussian win against French. It was the war of unification, with leader Otto von Bismarck.
At first it was located near nowadays Parliament, in Square of Republic, but later was moved to crossroad of main streets, as it was an idea of Nazis to centralize sculpture and remodel Berlin to so called "Germania".
This place is also significant, as it was used for USA presidential candidate Barack Obama speech in 2008. It is also possible to lift up for a view, but I haven't made that.
Der Siegsaeule - The Victory Column
Although the wars this column commemorates pale in comparison to those which came later, they were extremely important in their time. The cannon lining the outside were captured in the three wars that built Prussia into a great power and led to the unification of Germany; The Austro-Prussian War, The Prussian-Danish War, and the Franco-Prussian War. For a few cents you can enter the building and look at a mosaic, then climb up and see out over the city for the typical panorama view. The true interest in this monument however, is that it deals with some of the more obscure aspects of Prussian History. (Obscure at least to everyone but the Danes.)
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This impressive monument was erected at the request of Kaiser Wilhelm to commemorate the Prussian victories over France, Austria and Denmark. The huge gold-covered statue of the goddess of victory stands 69 metres high.
Victory Column (called Goldene Elsa by my Berlin friends) is almost 60 meters high and crowned by a gilded figure represnting Victoria. It was built to commemorate the various wars fought by Prussia the resulted in the unification of Germany. If you are extremly fit you can climb the approx 280 steps that lead up through the inside of the column to a viewing platform with spectacular views over the nearby Tiergarden.
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