Berlin Photo Diary 2014 – Victory Column (Siegessäule)


After three war victories (against Denmark 1864, Austria 1866 and  France 1870-1) Prussia built the Victory Column (Siegessäule) to commemorate the wins. The statue was inaugurated 1873.

Originally the column was located on the Königsplatz near the Reichstag building and had three rings. It was moved by Nazis to its current location in the Tiergarten on 1939, and a fourth ring was added at that time.

It’s worth to climb almost the 300 steps to the top of the column. Only there you can understand the amazing greenery of the Tiergarten park.

About Olli Laasanen

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3 Responses to Berlin Photo Diary 2014 – Victory Column (Siegessäule)

  1. Rigby says:

    So many menacing clouds, so many cranes on the city skyline, such an annoying billboard/motorway sign behind the first shot of the column. It’s odd that when these sorts of structures were built, there were no cages spoiling the view from the top to prevent people jumping off. Thus are our rights to self determination whittled away🙂
    Enhanced colours increase the sense of ill omen. Is that a deliberate artistic decision?
    I’d be interested to see the same shots in natural light.
    The two children have stepped straight from a Fairy Tale of evil stepmothers and wicked witches.
    Beautiful granite columns, and so much greenery, shame they’ve replaced a chunk of it with a ‘flying saucer’.
    Very interesting, thanks.

    • A cloudy day, a city that is never ready, the main street closed due to a football game screening, a lush forest breaking the structured city, two youngsters in front of an empty street in the biggest city of Germany … Using vivid colors was my way to express the juxtaposition of the feelings and views. – Thanks Rigby for your comment.

      • Rigby says:

        You succeeded admirably, Olli… Now I know the atmosphere you created was deliberate I’m even more admiring of your talents.

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