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Victory Column

The Victory Column in Berlin is undoubtedly an outstanding landmark, fascinating not only due to its imposing presence but also because of its rich history and symbolic significance. Its majestic appearance and historical importance make it one of the most prominent landmarks in the city.

The Victory Column majestically towers in the Great Tiergarten and attracts visitors from all over the world. Its golden Victoria sculpture at the top, known as "Goldelse," symbolizes victory but also peace. This statue is an iconic feature of the monument, embodying strength, triumph, and unity simultaneously.

The construction of the Victory Column began in 1864 under the supervision of architect Heinrich Strack and was completed in 1873. Originally, the column was erected at a different location, in front of the Reichstag building. However, it was later moved to its current location during the Nazi era to make room for the "World Capital Germania," an unrealized construction project of Adolf Hitler.

The monumental structure consists of four interconnected columns leading from the base to the top. At the summit sits a gilded sculpture known as Victoria, serving as a symbol of victory and peace. The Victory Column stands approximately 67 meters tall in total, offering visitors the opportunity to climb over 285 steps to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.

The history of the Victory Column is closely intertwined with the military successes of Prussia, particularly the victories in the Danish-Prussian War, the Austro-Prussian War, and the Franco-Prussian War. The monumental reliefs on the column commemorate these historical events and celebrate the victories that led to the establishment of the German Empire under the leadership of Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1871.

Today, the Victory Column is not only a significant monument of German history but also a popular destination for visitors who climb its platform to experience a spectacular panoramic view of Berlin. It stands as a symbol of victory, unity, and peace, remaining a significant cultural heritage in the German capital.