This is another must see for those who wish to get under the skin of this beautiful city. Originally this column stood in front of the Reichstag and commemorated the German victories that secured the 2nd Reich in 1871. This is why the French removed all its bronzed reliefs at the end of WW2, in a futile attempt to rewrite history! Fortunately they have now been restored, also revealing the significant damage caused by this action. These reliefs are quite remarkable and are well worth your scrutiny. Their story is told in two of the underpasses that you should use to reach the column. The column was then moved and raised to its current height as part of Hitler's refurbishment of his capital to symbolise the greatness of the 3rd Reich and its 1000 year reign which lasted for less than a decade. Intended to celebrate the victories of the Nazi party, the pock marked stone and bullet & shrapnel scarred bronzes tells of the fierce fighting that took place around this memorial. Albert Speer's great design as a centre piece for National Socialism now reminds us that pride comes before a fall. Take the time to visit the mosaics on the first level, and if fit and determined enough to climb the 585 steps to achieve a great view from the top. It is only 3 euros to access this interesting monument.
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