German Historic Structures, Pressed Glass, 1942, 2pcs Yellow, 1pc Blue

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German Historic Buildings and Monument Structures Issued In 1942, Made In Pressed Glass, 1) Yellow Glass Of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. 2) Blue Glass Of The Statue Of Prince Eugen In Front Of Hofburg Palace In Vienna Austria. 3) Yellow Glass Of The Brandenburg Gate, Each Piece Has a Base, Free Standing. 

 The First Piece of The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, also known as Gedächtniskirche, is a Protestant church located in Berlin, Germany. 

  1. Origins and Purpose:

    • The original church was constructed in the 1890s as part of a Protestant church-building initiative initiated by Kaiser Wilhelm II and his consort Augusta Victoria. Their goal was to counter the influence of the German labour movement and socialist movement by emphasizing traditional religious values.
    • Wilhelm II named the church in honour of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I.
  2. Architectural Features:

    • The original church, designed by architect Franz Schwechten, followed a Neo-Romanesque style inspired by the Bonn Minster. It featured a Tuff stone facade, a 113-meter-high spire (now reduced to 71 meters), and a nave that could accommodate over 2,000 people.
    • The foundation stone was laid on March 22, 1891, which coincided with Wilhelm I’s birthday. The church was dedicated on September 1, 1895, the eve of the Day of Sedan.
    • Unfortunately, the church suffered severe damage during a bombing raid in 1943.
  3. Post-War Reconstruction:

    • The present building, completed between 1959 and 1963, consists of:
      • A church with an attached foyer.
      • A separate belfry with an attached chapel.
    • The damaged spire of the old church was retained, and its ground floor was transformed into a memorial hall.
    • Berliners affectionately refer to the Memorial Church as “der hohle Zahn” (the hollow tooth).
  4. Significance and Landmark Status:

    • The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church stands as a poignant reminder of World War II and the impact of conflict on historical sites.
    • Its combination of a 19th-century ruin and a modern structure symbolizes both destruction and resilience.
    • Today, it remains a famous landmark in western Berlin.

 The second Piece of The Prince Eugene Monument stands proudly on Heldenplatz Square in front of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. 

  1. Prince Eugene of Savoy: Born in Paris in 1663, Prince Eugene became one of the most celebrated military commanders in the history of the Habsburg Empire. His service spanned three Habsburg emperors, and his contributions were immense.

  2. Military Genius: Eugene’s military prowess was legendary. He rose through the ranks, commanded armies, and achieved significant victories. Notably, he played a crucial role in lifting the 1683 siege of Vienna, a pivotal moment in European history.

  3. Equestrian Monument: The bronze statue was unveiled in 1865 on October 18th, coinciding with Eugene’s 203rd birthday. Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth were present at the ceremony.

  4. Design and Sculptor: The talented sculptor Anton Dominik Fernkorn designed the monument. Interestingly, Fernkorn also created the 1860 Archduke Karl monument, and both statues were meant to complement each other.

  5. Legacy: Eugene’s efforts were not in vain. He built the Belvedere and Schloss Hof palaces, funded by Imperial gratitude. His legacy endures through this magnificent monument.

The 3rd Piece of The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) is an 18th-century neoclassical monument located in Berlin, Germany. It was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia and constructed after the suppression of Dutch popular unrest. 

  1. Location: The gate stands in the western part of Berlin’s city center within the Mitte district, at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. Just one block north of the gate is the Reichstag building, which houses the German parliament (Bundestag).

  2. Historical Significance: Originally, the Brandenburg Gate marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel, which was once the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg. Throughout its existence, the gate has witnessed major historical events and is now considered a symbol not only of Germany and Europe’s tumultuous past but also of European unity and peace.

  3. Symbolism: The Brandenburg Gate stands as a powerful symbol of freedom, democracy, and unity. It has witnessed both dark and hopeful moments in history, from Nazi marches to celebrations of freedom.

Item Code - MEMSOU11D100061ULA

1) Tall Yellow - Width: 1''  Height: 1 3/8''  Depth: 3/8''  

2) Tall Blue - Width: 1''  Height: 1 3/8''  Depth: 3/8''  

3) Wide Yellow - Width: 1 5/16''  Height: 1''  Depth: 3/8''  Total Weight: 31 g

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