The Battle of the Nations was fought during 16-19 October, 1813 and the commemoration of such an important battle in Leipzig kept me busy during this weekend. Yesterday, the Reenactment of the Battle was fantastic and today I went to the GIGANTIC monument that celebrates the victory of the allied nations against Napoleon.
What is the importance of this building?
- Architecturally; the structure is amazing. It is 91 meters tall and its base is 124 metres (407 ft) large and 124 metres (407 ft) wide.
- Aesthetically; the sculptures of the four legendary historic qualities ascribed to the German people: bravery, faith, sacrifice and fertility are simply exquisite if understood in the context in which they were made.1 It was bravery for defending what is yours; faith (courage) to fight against the vicissitudes; sacrifice (fighting until the last moment in order to protect Life); and fertility (to overcome the mass murder caused by this war). IThe statues of the monument were sculpted by Christian Behrens and his apprentice Franz Metzner with a fantastic technique.
- Historically; it commemorates the establishment of a German community that united different nations into a common goal.1
For further images; I invite you to check this Flickr album with the snapshots I took.
- Reenacting The Battle of the Nations 16-19 October, 1813 (capitalisthistory.wordpress.com)
1Koshar, Rudy. (2000) From monuments to traces: artifacts of German memory, 1870-1990. University of California Press. p.44
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